Parents warned about blue van approaching children in York

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People who have spotted a blue van approaching children in York are being asked to contact police.

A 10-year-old boy told officers he was walking home from school in the Rawcliffe area on Monday afternoon when a man spoke to him from the driver’s seat of a blue van.

The man did not get out of the van, but touched the boy on his arm as he went past.

Police have not received any other reports involving a blue van, but say they are aware of a number of rumours circulating on social media.

Officers are advising anyone whose child has been approached in this manner to contact the police so it can be investigated.

Sergeant Colin Sutherland of York Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “At this stage it is not clear what the man’s intention was and we are appealing for him to come forward and explain his actions.

“The boy did the sensible thing and told his parents about the incident who then informed the police.

“It’s important that any other parents whose children have been approached, get in touch with the police. The sooner we confirm exactly what happened, the better for everyone concerned.”

To pass on information, call 101 and speak to the Force Control Room, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.