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Two Eleven Year Olds Approached by Man in Blue Van in Malton

Malton Police Station

5:51pm 4th November 2014

Police in Malton are asking the driver of a blue van to come forward following an incident in Middlecave Road on Tuesday 4 November 2014.

At around 4.15pm, a boy and girl, both aged 11, were walking home from school when a blue van pulled up alongside them and gesticulated to them to get into the rear of the vehicle.

Both children ran off and told their parents who then called the police.

Sergeant Neil Campbell of Malton Safer Neigbourhood Team, said: “There could be an explanation as to why the man stopped the vehicle, and I am appealing to him to make contact with us and explain his actions.

“The children did the absolute right thing by running off and telling their parents, and it is important that any other parents contact the police if their children have been approached in the same way. I am also appealing to anyone who was on Middlecave Road at the time and witnessed the incident, to come forward

“As the investigation continues, we will be carrying out reassurance patrols in the area and reiterating stranger danger advice to local children.”

The man driving the car is described as white and aged in his forties.

The driver of the van and anyone else who has any information about the incident is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass information to the Force Control Room.

Please quote reference number 320 of 4 November.

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

Our advice to 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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