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Search for Witnesses as 10 Year Old Boy Approached in York

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5:05pm 26th January 2014

Police investigating an incident in Nether Poppleton, York, in which a 10-year-old schoolboy was approached by a man driving a green car have made an appeal to pedestrians and cyclists in the area at the time.

The boy was approached as he cycled home on Millfield Lane between 3.15pm and 3.30pm on Friday 24 January 2014. The man, who officers believe was driving a dark green Vauxhall car, spoke to the boy and asked for directions before getting hold of the boy’s arm. The boy was not physically harmed but was very upset by the incident.

The boy was cycling along the path next to the main road and was near to the bus stop onMillfield Lane when the incident happened. 

It is known that there were a number of pedestrians and cyclists who went past the boy and the car as he was talking to the man. Officers are appealing for these people to come forward.

Anyone who was using the cycle path and footpath on Millfield Lane between 3.15pm and 3.30pm on Friday 24 January, is urged to contact the police. In particular, anyone who recalls seeing a dark green car or a schoolboy speaking to a man in a dark green car.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for York CID.

Or you can pass information via email to Yorkcid@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk  

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote incident number 12140012885 when passing on information about this incident.

The boy did the right thing by telling his mother as  soon as he arrived home, who then alerted the police.

Our advice for young people is never go with a stranger, never take things from a stranger, never get in a car with a stranger and always tell you parents or carer where you are, who you are with and what time you will be home. 

If a stranger tries to touch you, tell them no, get home or to a safe place as quickly as you can and tell your parents, carer or someone you trust straight away.

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