Hertfordshire police have released information about incidents involving Asian men approaching school children in St Albans.
Some local schools have also released the same information to raise awareness for parents.
The information refers to several different instances on different days and at different locations in the city.
On Thursday, April 19, police were called at 8.01am following reports that an 11 year old girl was approached by a man who was driving in a white van, described as a ‘Kangoo’ type van rather than a transit, in Whitecroft.
The girl was asked to get in the vehicle and when she declined, the man drove off.
At no point did the man leave the vehicle. He was described as Asian, aged 40 to 50 years old, and with a dark brown/black short beard. He was wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans. The local Safer Neighbourhood Team are aware and the local school has been informed.
Then, at around 5pm on Wednesday, April 18, a 13 year old girl was verbally abused by two men who were travelling in what is believed to be a white Ford Fiesta on Harpenden Road.
The men are described as Asian and in their twenties. One of the men was wearing a white t-shirt and had black hair. Two other males were also in the car.
Patrols are being increased in the area in light of these two incidents and Hertfordshire released some advice for any teenagers who may be approached.
They advise: “Hertfordshire Constabulary reminds teenagers to report inappropriate behaviour from strangers straight away to the police. When walking to school, it is best to walk in groups and along busy routes.
Remember not to have the volume on your headphones too loud so that you can hear everything that is happening around you.”