‘Be vigilant’ plea after man seen

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Police are carrying out extra patrols in a Sheffield community after another report of a man acting inappropriately.

Schools in Handsworth have sent pupils home with letters after the man in a blue vehicle approached a 15-year-old boy on Fitzalan Road and asked where a road was last Tuesday, July 9, at around 5.10pm.

It is believed the incident could be linked to three similar incidents in the city in June.

All of the reports involved a man who approached or was seen ‘staring at’ youngsters.

The man was driving a dark blue vehicle and had grey hair and was wearing glasses in each instance.

People are also urged to be vigilant after the latest sighting.

A police spokesman said: “It is believed a man in a blue vehicle approached a 15-year-old boy and asked where a certain road was.

“It is unclear at this time if this incident is linked to the previous three incidents in June, however, due to the vehicle mentioned and the potential seriousness of the previous allegations, officers are providing extra patrols in the area and would advise people to be vigilant.”

Parents at St Joseph’s Primary School in Handsworth were reminded of the importance of being ‘vigilant’ in a letter sent home last week.

One dad said: “It is very concerning for parents, especially with the summer holidays coming up.

“We won’t be able to let the kids play freely now during the holidays.

“It seems as though we are going to have to keep a constant vigil until this man is apprehended.

“He does seem to have an agenda and is still out there.”

n Anyone with information should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 848 of July 9 2013.