A white van driver reportedly attempted to grab a teenage girl, threatening her with a knife before she managed to get away. The 17-year-old was very shaken but not injured. Police have put extra patrols in the area around Avenue Crescent, Seaton Delaval, where it happened.
Chief Superintendent Chris Thomson appealed for anyone who witnessed what happened, at about 8:30pm last night, to come forward.
The van driver was described as wearing a hat with ear flaps and gloves, black work trousers with pockets on the side and small blue emblem on the pants and a brown jacket that appeared to be leather. He had bushy eyebrows and stubble on his face.
Police are appealing for information after three burglaries and an attempted burglary in Seaton Delaval last month.
Between August 23 and 24, cash was taken from a house in Elsdon Avenue.
Between September 7 and 8, a house in Tranwell Drive was broken into. Thieves took cash, mobile phones and jewellery. On September 27, burglars tried to break into a house in Mindrum Way. At 7am on October 5, police were told burglars broke into a house in Hallington Drive overnight.
"I'd ask that people make sure their doors are locked before they go to bed and that windows or patio doors are not left open - we need people to make sure their property is as secure as it can be overnight.
"If anyone hears anything suspicious on a night - such as glass smashing, bangs or anything suspicious - they should report it to police straight away. Their call could be the difference in preventing a crime from happening."