Police are hunting a “suspicious” man after an incident outside a South Tyneside school.
Officers received a report yesterday morning of a suspicious man outside Biddick Hall Junior School in Chesterton Road, South Shields.
The man gestured at a child, causing the child to feel scared he was going to grab them.
Officers are carrying out inquiries into the incident and officers are keen to speak to the man involved.
He is described as around 30 years old and was wearing a black coat and jogging bottoms.
Neighbourhood Inspector, Paul Young, said: “We know incidents like this cause concern to our communities, in particular parents with young children and we would always advise them to be cautious and aware of the risks of strangers.
“It could be there was an innocent explanation for this incident however it is important we speak to the man and I’d ask him to please get in contact with us.
“Officers will be carrying out regular patrols around the school, particularly when school starts and finishes and at lunchtime to offer reassurance to parents, school children and teachers and I would urge any parents who are concerned to speak to an officer.”
The man, or anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 276 151215.