Appeal after man approaches 10-year-old outside school

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A man acting suspiciously has approached a 10-year-old boy outside a school on two occasions.

Police are appealing for information after the latest incident, which happened at around 8.10am yesterday in Field Head Lane, Birstall.

The boy was approached by an unknown man who said he knew him.

The boy was not physically harmed and continued to walk to school where he later reported the incident to a teacher.

The same man is alleged to have approached the same boy after school on Tuesday December 2 and temporarily blocked his path.

Again, the boy was not physically harmed but was concerned by the man’s behaviour.

The man is described as being of skinny build and having a blue/green dragon tattoo on his left hand.

Det Insp Stephanie Wiseman, of Kirklees Safeguarding Unit, said: “These incidents have understandably caused some concern for the boy involved and his family and we are working closely with them and the wider school community to offer advice and support. We would stress that no attempt has been made to harm or abduct the boy in either of these incidents but the child has found the man’s behaviour worrying and it is important that we establish what has happened.

“A key part of this is speaking to the man involved. We would urge him to get in contact with the police to explain his behaviour which he may not have realised the impact of.

“We are also keen to speak to anyone else who has witnessed anything suspicious or who has any information which could aid our ongoing enquiries. Anyone with information is asked to call Kirklees Safeguarding Unit on 101.”