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York Police Investigate Man in Blue Van Approaching Children Claims

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1:00pm 24th September 2014

Police in York are asking members of the public to report any incidents involving a blue van approaching children in York.

Officers are dealing with a report from a 10-year-old boy who was walking home from school on the afternoon of Monday 22 September in the Rawcliffe area when a man spoke to him from the drivers seat of a blue van. The man did not get out of the van, but touched the boy on his arm as he went past.

Police have not received any other reports involving a blue van, however, they are aware of a number of rumours circulating on social media.

Officers are advising anyone whose child has been approached in this manner, to contact the police so it can be investigated.

Sergeant Colin Sutherland of York Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “At this stage it is not clear what the man’s intention was and we are appealing for him to come forward and explain his actions.

“The boy did the sensible thing and told his parents about the incident who then informed the police. It’s important that any other parents whose children have been approached, get in touch with the police. The sooner we confirm exactly what happened, the better for everyone concerned.”

To pass on information, please call 101 and speak to the Force Control Room.

You can also pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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