Officers are investigating a suspicious incident involving a young boy in Portsmouth.
The nine-year-old was in Laburnham Grove, between 3 – 4pm on Thursday, September 15, when he was approached from behind by an older man he did not know.
The man placed both arms around the boy. He kicked the man in the leg causing the man to let go.
The boy ran off and reported the incident to his parents.
He described the man as:
• Around 5ft 9ins tall.
• Quite muscular, with a skinny face, grey beard and messy grey hair which was in a bob-style.
• He was wearing a light grey t-shirt with an emblem on, trousers, work boots and a light brown flat cap.
• He had rings on his left hand and had spots on his forehead.
Detective Constable Lorraine Bell said: “This incident happened at the end of the school day so there are likely to have been several people around who may have seen this incident or a man matching this description.
“We would like to speak to anyone who may have seen this man hanging around in the area or who thinks they know who he is.
“At this stage it is not clear what this man’s intentions were but this incident was understandably distressing for the young boy.
“Although this type of incident is rare we have stepped up patrols in the area to reassure residents and would urge anyone with information to contact us”.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Hampshire on 101