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Stranger in car stops children in Haddington street

Riverside Drive, Haddington Image copyright Google

Two separate incidents of a man in a car stopping children in the street to speak to them in East Lothian have been reported to police.

The first incident happened at 13:00 on Wednesday in Riverside Drive, Haddington.

A nine-year-old girl raised the alarm after being approached by a man in a small two-door blue car, who engaged her in conversation.

In the same area at 16:15 that day a boy, nine, was also stopped.

The vehicle this time was a described as a larger saloon-style car with dents of the nearside doors, rusty wheel arches and bird droppings on the bonnet.

During both reports, the man involved was white, in his 40s, with short brown hair, a brown beard and was wearing a short-sleeved striped shirt.

Insp Alan Hogarth, of Police Scotland, said: "At this time we are trying to establish exactly what has happened during both these incidents and I would ask anyone with information to come forward.

"East Lothian remains a safe place and at this time I would urge the public to remain calm while we conduct our inquiries."

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