Stranger danger warning in North Yorkshire
9:48am 1st December 2011
(Updated 12:19pm 1st December 2011)
Police received reports on Tuesday evening that a man driving a dark coloured car had approached a 10-year-old girl in Byland Avenue, York at around 7pm.
The incident is being investigated to establish the full facts and to determine if further police action is needed.
In the meantime, officers have increased patrols in the area to reassure members of the public and have issued the following advice:
The number of these types of reports which turn out to be of genuine concern are incredibly rare.
However, we would always encourage people who are worried about an incident to report it to the police immediately with as many details as possible to assist police enquiries.
We would advise young people to adhere to the everyday safety messages, namely to stay in well lit areas and, if possible, stay in groups.
If they are approached, they should leave the area straight away and report the incident to the police or an trusted adult such as a parent or teacher.
We also urge people to be cautious about messages placed on social networking sites.
While they may be well intentioned, they can be inaccurate and based on rumour rather than fact.
If you are approached by anyone acting suspiciously and you feel threatened, you must contact North Yorkshire Police immediately on 999.
Information that could help the police enquiries should be passed onto the force on 0845 60 60 24 7, or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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