Stranger tried to entice children with sweets

Police appeal for witnesses
Police appeal for witnesses

A MAN allegedly tried to persuade two children to get into his car, police have revealed.

Officers have also stepped up patrols in the area and are liaising with local schools to reassure concerned parents.

The incident happened in Sherburn at 4.30pm on Thursday January 13, when the man offered the six-year-old boy and eight-year-old girl sweets and said he would drive them to the park.

The man is described as having a dark complexion and blue or green eyes, aged in his 30s with dark hair and a medium build. At the time he was driving a silver vehicle similar to an old-style Vauxhall Astra or Ford Escort estate.

Insp Tim Hutchinson, of the Ryedale Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “I would also like to reassure members of the community that we have increased the number of patrols at times when children will be walking to and from school, as well as increasing general patrols.”

Anyone who has noticed a suspicious silver car in the area which matches the description should phone PC Karen Shaw at Malton police station on 0845 60 60 24 7 quoting reference number 12110006656, or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.