Con­cern at ‘made-up’ car stranger sto­ries

Sunday Sun - - News -

MADE-UP re­ports of sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour are wast­ing po­lice time, of­fi­cers have warned.

Fol­low­ing a re­port of a driver stop­ping near two boys in Ash­ing­ton ear­lier this month, po­lice went into schools to ed­u­cate chil­dren on stranger dan­ger.

How­ever, after the school vis­its, Northum­bria Po­lice says “fic­ti­tious in­ci­dents” have been re­ported to the force.

As all re­ports are in­ves­ti­gated fully, of­fi­cers say made-up in­for­ma­tion is cost­ing po­lice time and money.

A spokesper­son said: “Po­lice want to re­as­sure the pub­lic that while all re­ports are in­ves­ti­gated fully, those that are false are a waste of po­lice re­sources and can mis­lead in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“Ex­tra of­fi­cer pa­trols have been put in place in the area to en­sure the safety of mem­bers of the pub­lic and re­as­sure com­mu­ni­ties.

“If any­one does see any­thing of con- cern, please con­tact Northum­bria Po­lice im­me­di­ately.”

The orig­i­nal in­ci­dent was re­ported to po­lice on the evening of Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 20.

It was re­ported that a black Audi had stopped next to a six-year-old boy walk­ing along Bead­nell Grove at around 7.40pm.

A short time later po­lice re­ceived a re­port of a sim­i­lar car that stopped along­side a nine-year-old boy.

No phys­i­cal at­tempt was made to get the chil­dren into the car but po­lice say they are keen to speak to the driver and ex­tra of­fi­cers have been in the area.

The man in the car is de­scribed as a white male with brown hair who was wear­ing a blue top and black trousers.

Any­one with con­cerns is en­cour­aged to speak to po­lice in the area and any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call po­lice on 101, quot­ing log 963 200917.

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