Increased police patrols around Northamptonshire schools after suspicious incidents

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Generic images from Sussex Police

Northamptonshire Police has increased officer patrols around schools in south Northamptonshire following reports of a man in a car approaching teenagers.

Two incidents have been reported in Helmdon in the past two weeks in which a man has engaged in conversation with a teenage girl walking alone.

On the first occasion the man offering the girl a lift and on the second the man touched the girl’s arm.

The description of the man and car differs between the two incidents.

Inspector Andy Hall said: “There has been understandable, significant interest in these situations via social networking since the first report this month.

“A number of other incidents have since been reported to us regarding men offering lifts to young people. Some of these have been third hand and unfortunately didn’t identify the actual person affected. Some have also had an innocent explanation.”

“A similar report from teenagers in Towcester was confirmed to be a case of mistaken identity with no malicious intent. There was another report of a man in a white van (the only description given) offering a lift to a child on his way to Green’s Norton Primary School yesterday morning and have had no similar reports since.”

“Our investigations are ongoing and we rely on people reporting any suspicious activity. We’ve increased patrols across the area and officers are visiting schools to offer reassurance and safety advice.”