Police in Gosport are working to reassure the local community following reports on social media and in the community about a series of suspicious incidents.
Officers have received reports of five incidents in which children were approached by unknown adults across the borough in June so far.
In four cases no criminal offences were identified. One of those was about an incident in March; the latest was reported yesterday.
In one case, police are investigating reports of a child being grabbed by a man while playing by Exeter Court off Howe Road around 7.30pm, Tuesday, June 16.
Police are investigating a report of a suspicious incident in Parkhouse Road, Shipton Bellinger at around 9am on May 29.
A 10-year-old girl was approached by an unknown man in a white van who tried to persuade her to get in the vehicle.
The man is described as a slightly tanned, aged in his 30s or 40s and had short brown hair. He was wearing a dark green coat.
The girl did not get in the vehicle and there was no physical contact.
Police are asking the public to help identify a man who has twice been reported for approaching children in Hastings.
Police have released an efit image of a man they would like to speak to following a suspicious incident in Southampton.The incident happened on the afternoon of Thursday, October 2 in the car park outside Lidl on Bursledon Road.
The victim, a 28-year-old woman, noticed a man who appeared to be taking a photo under her skirt, as she was placing her child in the car.
After she had noticed him the man walked off in the direction of the industrial units in Antelope Park.
He was described as:-
- A white man
- Aged 50 to 60 years old
- Medium build
- Long grey hair tied back in a pony tail
- 5ft 6 to 5ft 8 tall
- Fair complexion
- He was wearing glasses, blue jeans and a black t-shirt.
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
- Bushy eyebrows
- 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.