Sussex

Third child approached by driver in car in Sussex

A third child has been approached by a man in a car in Brighton and Hove.

The 11-year-old girl was walking alone in Brighton, at the junction of Abbey Road and St George's Road on Tuesday, when she was approached at 1630 BST.

Sussex Police said the man was in a black car, possibly a Ford, and asked the girl if she wanted a lift, but she did not reply and walked on.

Officers are investigating whether it is linked to two other similar incidents in the area on 15 and 4 July.

Last Friday morning, a 10-year-old girl was approached by a man in a black Mini in Wilbury Crescent, Hove, who offered her a lift.

On 4 July, a child was approached by a man in a dark car in Patcham.

Extra patrols

In the most recent incident the man was described as being tanned, clean shaven with brown hair and wearing a black hooded top.

It has led police to repeat their advice for children not to accept a lift or go with anyone they do not know.

Insp Steve Warner, who is investigating the incidents, said: "There is a lot of concern from parents but I do not want them or their children to be alarmed.

"We are studying CCTV and making covert and overt patrols. I cannot say that these incidents are linked.

"It is worrying that children were being offered lifts but we do not know what the intentions were. We are treating the incidents as suspicious but want to reassure children and parents not to be alarmed."

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