Police in Southampton are investigating two suspicious incidents that have occurred this week when children have been walking to and from school.
The first incident occurred on Monday, February 13 between 2.30pm and 3.15pm. Two girls, aged 11 and 12 were walking home from Cantell School via Daisy Dip.
It was reported the girls then went their separate ways after seeing a suspicious looking man in Daisy Dip with a pedal cycle.
The 11 year old girl was then approached by a man in a blue car on Copperfield Road. The girl believes this was the same man that was on the bike. He is described as white and his 30s.
The girl sensibly reported the incident to teacher at nearby Bassett Green School.
If you witnessed this incident, please call 101 and quote 44170056743.
Another incident was reported this morning (Wednesday, February 15).
A 10-year-old girl was approached by a man in a small blue van on Laburnham Road on her way to Bassett Green School.
The girl ignored the man and reported the incident to a teacher.
The man was described as white, in his 30s, dark brown hair, brown eyes, stubble on his top lip and wearing a green NYC baseball cap.
If you witnessed this incident or recognise the description of this man, please call 101 and quote 44170056743.
Acting Police Sergeant Gail Salley from the Southampton North Neighbourhood Team said: “We would like to ask children and parents alike to remain vigilant and aware of personal safety. Remind children of stranger danger, try to arrange to walk to school with them or with friends, and stick together. Report any suspicious people or incidents to police via 101 or 999 or a trusted adult
“Officers from the Southampton North Neighbourhood Team have been and will be visible at both schools and the surrounding areas to ensure children feel safe.
“More often than not, these incidents turn out to have innocent explanations, however we would like to reassure the community that we take these reports seriously and that they are being thoroughly investigated.”