Approach made to two children

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Police in Coleraine have confirmed that they are investigating two separate incidents in which children, aged between eight and eleven, were approached by a man in a small van in the Heights area of Coleraine last Thursday.

Police are now urging parents to be vigilant, but have reassured the community that ‘extensive work’ has been carried out on the basis of the information that they received.

PSNI Inspector Trevor Atkinson said: “There have been two separate reports from children aged from 8 to 11 years old on the same day.

“We are investigating the reports thoroughly. As part of that, we have made door to door enquiries.

“We are working to gain a clear picture of what happened on Thursday evening.

“The children reported that a man driving a small van was involved in the approaches.

“Again, I would like to reassure parents and the public that we have carried out extensive work on the basis of that information including whether the incidents are linked.

“If you have any information that might assist the police enquiries please call us on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Meanwhile in a separate incident, police in Ballymoney have appealed for information after an eleven-year-old was appraoched by a man in a Vauxhall Corsa in the Trinity Drive area.

PSNI Inspector David Anderson said: “It was reported that a man in a black Vauxhall Corsa car told the 11-year-old child to get into his car to be taken home.

“Wisely, the child did not get into the car, instead returned home and told his mother what had happened. The incident was reported to police a number of days later.”