Girl approached by stranger in a van in Daventry

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Safety advice has been issued to children after a young girl was followed by a stranger in a van as she walked through Daventry.

The 12-year-old was walking along London Road at about 2.30pm on Thursday, July 10, when a white van passed her and the driver waved.

The driver then turned around, drove towards the girl and waved again. He then pulled over, got out of the van and repeatedly asked the girl if she was alright and if she wanted a lift.

Sensibly, the girl told the man she did not want a lift and walked away.

The man then got back into his van, followed the girl again, pulled up next to her and again asked if she wanted a lift.

Again, the girl told the man she did not want a lift and he grinned and drove away.

The man was white, aged between 50 and 60, about 5ft 8in and skinny.

He had wavy light grey hair, tanned skin and blue or grey eyes. He was wearing a navy blue zip up jacket, worn-out blue jeans and a black beanie hat.

His van was white and was either a Fiat Doblo or a Vauxhall Astra van.

Parents and children have been reminded that the best thing youngsters can do is walk or cycle to school or college with friends – take a bright, open route, avoiding alleyways or dark roads and look out for safe places where they can go to for help or shelter.

They should also never accept gifts from a stranger and never get into a vehicle or go anywhere with a stranger. If someone they don’t know approaches them, they should not speak to them and run to the safest place possible

Parents and carers should also ensure children know where and how to get help.

Witnesses, or anyone with any information about the incident in Daventry, can call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.