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York Mum Warns Parents After Son Approached by Blue Van Man

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1:16pm 6th November 2014

A York mum is warning parents to make sure their kids are aware of stranger danger after her son and two of his friends were approached by a man in a blue van.

Becky O'Donovan contacted Minster FM after we reported on a similar incident in Malton on Tuesday.

She wants other mums and dads to make their kids aware of stranger danger, North Yorkshire Police has provided this advice to keep your kids safe:

  • Never go with a stranger
  • Never take things from a stranger
  • Never get in a car with a stranger
  • Never let a stranger touch you
  • Always tell your parents where you are
  • Always tell your parents who you're with
  • Always tell your parents when you'll be home

North Yorkshire Police stress they take all incidents of this nature extremely seriously and are doing all they can to investigate these reports.

The approach to Becky's son and his friends outside Tang Hall Library on 25th October is the third suspicious incident involving a blue van in recent weeks.

North Yorkshire Police are investigating to see if there is a connection between any of the cases and although they have told Minster FM there are similarities, they stress there is no evidence of a link between them.

Here's a run down of the three separate incidents involving a man in a blue van approaching children in recent weeks.

25th October - Tang Hall Library, Fifth Avenue, York

The most recent incident came to light when York mum Becky O'Donovan contacted Minster FM.

Her 12 year old son and two of his friends were outside the library waiting for a parent to pick them up when Becky says a man in a blue van approached them.

Becky tells Minster FM the man demanded the boys "get in his ****ing van*. When the boys tried to walk away Becky says the man drove the van to block them off and chased them down a nearby cycle track.

North Yorkshire Police carried out a search of the area, including stopping several drivers and Becky says officers went down to the area by the library with the boys to see what happened.

Police have confirmed to Minster FM that the incident took place.

4th November - Middlecave Road, Malton

Becky O'Donovan contacted Minster FM about the incident in Tang Hall after we reported on a similar incident in Malton.

An eleven year old girl and boy were walking home from school on Middlecave Road in Malton at 4.15pm on Tuesday afternoon when a man in a blue van approached them.

The man, who's in his 40s, bald and was wearing a white shirt, gestured to the children to get into the back of the van.

The children ran home to their parents who then called police.

22nd September - Rawcliffe, York

A 10 year old boy was walking home after school in the Rawcliffe area when a man in a blue van approached him.

The man spoke to him from the drivers seat and touched the boy on his arm as he went past. However, he did not get out of the van.

At the time, police had not had any other suspicious reports about a blue van.

Anyone with any information about any of the three separate incidents should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

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