Police warning over stranger danger
after young girls approached by man

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POLICE are urging parents to remind their children not to talk to strangers after two girls aged 11 and 12 reported a man in a car calling out at them as they left a North Derbyshire park.

They were on Harehill Road, Grangewood, Chesterfield, on New Year’s Day, at about 2.30pm, when the man called out as he drove past.

The man is described as white, with dark hair and was wearing a black coat and driving a black hatchback.

Inspector Russ Dakin, of Derbyshire Police, said: “The girls left the area, but we are concerned about the man’s behaviour and would like to speak to him.

“We would appeal for anyone who may have seen anything suspicious, or noticed a similar car in the area at the time of the incident to contact us.”

Meanwhile, officers have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with another suspicious incident on New Year’s Day.

They received a complaint from two 13-year-old girls who claimed a man made a lewd gesture to them as he drove past while they were walking along Hillman Drive, Inkersall.

The man has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Officers are not linking the two incidents.

Insp Dakin said: “Parents should not be worried about these incidents, but we would ask them to speak to youngsters about personal safety and what to do if they are approached by a stranger.”