Children have been warned to beware of strangers after a 12 year old girl was approached by a suspicious man as she walked to school.
The teenager was walking to Ponteland Middle School on Middle Drive near the junction of Eastern Way at 8am on Tuesday when a man driving a silver car pulled up alongside her.
The man spoke to the girl from the vehicle and she heard him say the words ‘lift’ and ‘Darras Hall.’
The girl walked away and the man drove away.
The student’s family reported the incident to Northumbria Police, which is seeking to trace the man and has increased patrols in the area.
Darras Hall First School, part of the same partnership as the middle school, has written to parents and other schools in the partnership alerting them to the incident.
Superintendent Mick Paterson, from Northumberland area command, said: “I’d like to remind people that incidents of children being approached by strangers are very few and far between and sometimes there’s an innocent explanation.
“We continue to work with schools across Northumberland to educate pupils on stranger danger and this pupil has done the right thing by bringing the incident to our attention.”
The driver is described as white, European, aged above 40, with brown hair.
Anyone with information on the incident should contact police on 101, extension 69191 quoting log number 839 20/05/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.