FILEY parents have been alerted after a third child was approached by a man in a white van in the town.
The incident happened in the West Road area on Tuesday when an 11-year-old girl reported a suspicious looking man driving past and staring at her on a number of occasions.
The sighting follows two previous similar instances when children have been offered sweets by men who drove off when the youngsters ran away.
One worried parent, who didn’t want to be named, said: “It is getting frightening now and whatever is happening needs to stop.”
The man was described as being in his late 40s with a ginger beard and wearing an orange shirt.
He was driving a White Ford Transit vehicle.
Filey Police confirmed they had received a report of the incident and said patrols were in place to monitor the area.
A spokesperson added: “We have received reports of white vans in the area going along the Country Park area at different times.
“They are in the Filey area anyway and similar vehicles that appeared suspicious are actually just workers in the area.”
The first incident was reported on Wednesday, February, 9, when a man in a white van stopped a school pupil in Ash Road before offering him sweets.
However, the child refused and ran off.
The man was described as being quite old with grey or white hair and was driving a flat bed vehicle.
A second report came just days later in Grove Road when a man, described as being around 35-years-old with short hair and brown eyes offered sweets to another child who again refused and walked away.
Anyone with information about any of the incidents is urged to contact Filey Police on 0845 606 247.