POLICE are urging parents to remind their children of ‘stranger danger’ after a young girl was approached in Redditch.
The 11-year-old was walking along New Road in Aswood Bank at about 3.20pm on Wednesday (May 4) when she noticed a man behind her.
He asked her where she lived and tried to walk in front of her but she ran off towards Chestnut Road and the man shouted after her. when she got their she found someone she knew and the man could not be seen.
He was a white man of a skinny build, in 30s and was about 5ft 11ins. He wore a black hat, black trousers and may have been wearing a black coat with orange writing on it. The girl also noticed he had a lisp when he spoke.
Det Con Ryan Townsend said: “We are continuing to investigate this incident and we are actively following a number of enquiries.
“I want to reassure residents and parents that we are continuing to conduct patrols in the area. Likewise, the girl involved and her family are being supported by specialist officers.
“We would encourage parents to speak with their children about talking to strangers. We would ask children to never go off with anyone they do not know, get into a vehicle with a stranger, accept gifts off a stranger or wander off on their own.”
Anyone with information is urged to call the police on the non emergency 101 number or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.