Police warning after stranger approaches girls

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Police are investigating two incidents of a man approaching teenage girls this week, which are believed to be linked.

On both occasions – one of which took place in Rothwell – a man told the girl in question he had found a wallet full of cash. He then asked them what he should do with it and if they would like to take it.

The Rothwell incident took place at about 7.15pm on Thursday, September 19, in Harrington Road.

An earlier incident occurred at about 11.15am on Monday, September 16, in Lumbertubs Lane, Northampton.

Police would like to speak to anyone else who may have been approached in similar circumstances.

The man is described as having ginger hair and a beard, with a heavy build. He was wearing a tracksuit and jumper.

Police have also reiterated the following ‘Stranger Danger’ advice to young people:

- Walk or cycle to school or college with friends – take a bright, open route, avoiding alleyways or dark roads. Look out for safe places where you can go to for help or shelter

- Never accept gifts from a stranger

- Never get into a car or go anywhere with a stranger – if someone you don’t know approaches you, don’t speak to them, run to the safest place possible

- Make sure children know who, when, where and how to get help.

Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police on 101. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.