A SUSPICIOUS man has been offering children money on the way to school.
Police say the man approached a girl and offered her a pound coin. The girl took the money and made her way to school.
It happened in West Boldon yesterday and there are unofficial reports from parents that a similar incident happened this morning.
The man is described as being 40-50 years old, of medium build, with a bald head and was wearing a dark jacket and dark trousers.
Officers believe that he may have been in company with a second man who is described as having a beard.
Officers are keen to identify and speak to both men to try and establish the circumstances.
Extra officers are in the area carrying out enquiries and speaking to local residents.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.