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Police are appealing for information after an unknown man approached a two-year-old-boy near to the rear gate of Stranton Primary school at the junction of Stockton Road and Russell Walk in Hartlepool (adjacent to The 11 O’Clock Shop).

The incident occurred yesterday, 21st January at 3:15pm when the man approached the child and offered him chocolates and sweets which were in his car.

The child’s parent who was tying their own shoelace at the time of the incident took hold of the boy and the man ran off down a nearby alleyway.

No one was hurt from the incident but the parent is very shaken.
The man is described as in his 30s, of skinny build and he was speaking with a foreign accent.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have information regarding it to contact PC Julie Nicholson on the non-emergency 101 number, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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