Parents warned as girl aged 10 approached by man in Hartlepool

Police are appealing for information after a 10-year-old girl was approached by a man whilst she was in the playing area opposite The Saxon Pub in Hartlepool.

The incident occurred at 6:30pm on Wednesday 3rd May when it is believed a man got out of a small black vehicle which was stopped at the side of the playing area on the A179 and he ran towards the 10-year-old girl.

The girl ran away and then the man who was around 25 metres away ran back to his car and drove off, possibly in the direction of Blackhall along Easington Road.

Anyone who may know the identity of the man or the vehicle or anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident is asked to contact PC Adam Godfrey on the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or