Suspicious approach made to child

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Ballymena police are investigating a suspicious approach made to an eight-year-old child as they walked home from school.

The incident happened in the Antrim Road area of the town on Tuesday afternoon, March 3, and The Times has since been contacted to point out that a family member was there to meet the child.

Inspector Alison Ferguson said the child was walking home “when a man gestured for them to come over”.

She said: “The child did the right thing, going straight home and a report was made to police. The child was unharmed but was obviously frightened as a result.

“Police are keen to establish the nature of the approach and would like to speak with the man involved.

“He is described as being in his twenties, with stubble on his face and was wearing a logger style hat with ear flaps. The man was driving a silver mid-sized car.

“Please contact police on the non-emergency number 101 if you saw a man or a vehicle fitting this description in the area at the time.”

Inspector Ferguson said officers have also been discussing the matter with local schools and teachers have talked to pupils about “stranger danger”.