Sussex

Two children approached by man in West Sussex

Two reports of schoolchildren being approached by a motorist in West Sussex are being investigated by police.

On Thursday morning, a 12-year-old boy was approached in Test Road, Sompting.

On Friday, a man of similar description in a small black car asked a 14-year-old girl waiting for a bus in Cokeham Lane, Sompting, if she wanted a lift.

Police said the incident took place at about 08:10 BST. The man was described as white, bald, of large build, and wearing a blue T-shirt and jeans.

The incidents follow three in Brighton and Hove when children were approached by a man in a car, although police said they did not at this stage believe them to be linked.

Car details

Sussex Police said extra patrols would be carried out in areas where children were likely to gather during the summer holidays.

Ch Insp Ian Pollard, district commander for Worthing and Adur, said: "In recent weeks increased media coverage and visits to schools by police officers to talk about stranger danger has seen an increase in reports of this nature from extra-vigilant pupils and parents who have been phoning police with good intent to report potentially suspicious incidents.

"The majority of these calls have had an innocent explanation but police are looking at every report in detail and investigating those that are considered to be suspicious."

He added that any children approached by a stranger should collect as much information as possible to assist police, such as a car number plate, and the description of the car and the person.

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