Driver tried to pick up young boy in Sunderland

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A DRIVER tried to talk a young boy into his care in a “suspicious incident” in Sunderland.

The man pulled up alongside the nine-year-old boy in Fordfield Road this morning and asked him to get in the car.

He did not get out of the car or make any physical contact with the child. The nine-year-old boy ran off and officers were contacted.

Police are carrying out enquiries to trace the vehicle and the man to establish exactly what has happened.

It’s believed to have happened around 8.20 to 8.25am. The vehicle is described as a large black old looking Citroen saloon car, with four doors and blacked out windows at the back.

The driver is described as white, aged in his 50s, with grey hair with a bald patch and a thin face. He was wearing a grey polo shirt or similar. He spoke with a local accent.

Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Ash Hopper said: “We’re carrying out enquiries in the area and have spoken to the boy about what happened.

“The man pulled up alongside and spoke to him but the man made no attempt to get out of the car and made no contact with the boy.

“There could be an entirely innocent explanation but it’s important we trace the vehicle and the driver to establish exactly what has happened.

“Anyone who recognises the description of the vehicle or the man, who was in the area at the time and saw what happened, or who sees the vehicle in the area is asked to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

“We’re carrying out extra patrols in the area to reassure people and would urge anyone with information or concerns to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 284 04/06/14, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.