Police renew appeal after man approached schoolgirl


Police are continuing to appeal for information after a stranger approached a schoolgirl in South Tyneside.

The 11-year-old girl was approached by a man on Tuesday as she walked to West Boldon Primary School.

The man offered her a pound coin. The girl took the money and made her way to school.

Police say there was no physical contact with the child, no inappropriate language used during the incident and no attempt to try to coerce the child in any way.

The man is described as being 40-50 years old, of medium build, with a bald head and was wearing a dark jacket and dark trousers.

Police believe that he may have been in company with a second man who is described as having a beard and officers are keen to identify and speak to both men to try to establish the circumstances.

South Tyneside Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt said: “We are carrying out inquiries into what happened and we have extra officers in the area to speak to and reassure local residents.

“The incident is fairly unusual and we are really keen to identify the men involved and speak to them to find out what exactly has taken place. This could have simply been a misunderstanding, there may be a completely innocent explanation, and we are keen to clear this up as soon as possible.”

Police say there has been no other incidents of this nature in the area.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.