TEENAGERS are being warned to be on their guard after two were approached by men within two days of each other.
The first incident happened at 9.05am on Wednesday, September 10, when a 15-year-old was followed by a man who made conversation with her on the footpath between Enfield Road and Stonepits Lane in Hunt End.
He was white, around 5″10, in his mid 30s with short blond hair and wearing a light blue jacket with a white lining and grey tracksuit bottoms.
The following day (September 11), a 14-year-old pupil was approached by a man on Grangers Lane who came out of nearby bushes, made conversation with her and left in the direction of the underpass.
He was white, in his late 30s to early 40s, around 5″10 with fair thinning hair and had a dishevelled appearance, with a thin face and protruding cheek bones. He was wearing a camouflage zip up jacket and blue jeans.
Sgt Jane Gilkes said: “We are treating both of these incidents very seriously and have increased patrols in the area. However, we would like to reassure parents and the public that neither of the pupils were touched in any way.
“There is no suggestion that the suspect was making any attempt to abduct or cause any harm to the pupils.
“We will be working closely with local schools, to ensure pupils are kept safe on their way to and from school, and will be continuing with our enquires to identify the suspect.”
She added it was believed the two incidents may be linked.
Anyone with any information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 218-S-100914, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.