UPDATE: Warning to parents after man asks children to “come with him”

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POLICE in Grantham are searching for a man who tried to get three children to leave school with him.

The man approached the three children aged between nine and 10 at Spitalgate Primary School in Trent Road yesterday (Feb 14) at 11.30am.

Speaking through a metal perimeter fence, police say the man asked the three children to “come with him” before walking away alone towards Shaw Road. He did not enter school grounds.

The man is described as white, middle aged and balding. He was wearing a black coat, gloves a woolly hat and blue jeans. He was smoking at the time.

Police are taking the incident seriously and are visiting schools to warn children about stranger danger.

Inspector James Trafford said: “Whilst I would like to reassure parents and the public in general that this is an isolated incident, an investigation is underway with the involvement of CID at Grantham.

“Additional patrols and visits to schools in the Grantham area are also taking place with the message to children being not to talk to or approach strangers.”

Anyone who may have seen the man around 11.30 am yesterday (Feb 14) in the area of Spitalgate Primary School, Trent Road and Shaw Road should contact Inspector James Trafford at Grantham Police Station on 0300 111 0300 (quoting incident 162 of 14/02/11).

* A similar incident was reported near Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School.

The incident a man aged 50 to 60, with longish grey hair. He was wearing a blue jumper with white stripes.

If you have any information, call police on 0300 111 0300.