Police are appealing for witnesses following a report of a suspicious incident in Newport on the Isle of Wight. Detectives are investigating after a 13-year-old girl was approached by a man as she walked home along the footpath that runs behind Christ the King College at about 3.45pm on Tuesday.
The man has gone to grab the girl, however she was able to push him off and get away. She was uninjured, but shaken by the incident. The man was described as:
About 6ft 1ins tall
Average build with a bit of a belly.
Late 40s to mid 50s
Short, dark brown/greyish coloured very curly hair
Wearing a brown coat
Local Safer Neighbourhood Teams will be patrolling the area and offering advice and reassurance to local schools in the vicinity.
Police in Tunbridge Wells are liaising with schools following reports of a man acting suspiciously in the borough.
Two reports have been made this week of a man approaching a young girl and trying to engage her in conversation.
In both cases the girls involved asked the man to leave them alone, which he did.
Detectives have been carrying out enquiries and are investigating links between the incidents. Officers have been on patrol in areas where schools are based to deter any additional incidents.
In each case the girls did exactly the right thing; they told the man to leave them alone and reported it to their parents who in turn called us. No one has been harmed in any way but we are highlighting these incidents to make sure that parents speak to their children around the importance of not talking to strangers, and reporting any suspicious behaviour. We are working to identify the man involved so we can speak to him and will keep parents updated."