Reports of children approached by man in Littlehampton

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Police in Littlehampton are aware of concerns from parents about possible reports of children being approached by a man.

There have been five reports since Monday (September 21), however two are not believed to have happened and three are being investigated.

On Monday, an 11-year-old girl reported being followed through Littlehampton cemetery in Horsham Road around 3.15pm.

She describes him as 30 to 40 years, skinny build, around 6ft tall wearing grey jogging trousers with paint on and a navy blue hooded top. The man was missing some of his teeth.

He made no attempt to touch her, but she ran away.

On Tuesday (September 22), around 9.20am, an 11-year-old boy told his mother a man in a balaclava and all black clothing ran after him as he rode along Clun Road towards the junction with Arundel Road.

On Wednesday (September 23), at around 8.30pm a 14-year-old boy reported being followed by a man along Queens Street. He whistled at the boy and when the boy asked him what he was doing and got out his phone, the man ran away.

A report on Friday (September 25) about two boys being approached in Southfield have been established as untrue.

Detective Sergeant Simon Dunn said: “We are investigating these three incidents to see if they are linked and working with the children and their families to establish more details.

“We are appealing to anyone who was in these areas if they saw a man acting strangely at any of those times. In none of the cases did the man try and touch any of the children and they all did the right thing and told someone as soon as they could.

“Anyone who has information is asked to contact police by emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 292 of 22/09.”

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