A SCHOOL has been forced to issue safety advice to its pupils after two separate incidents of men enticing girls over to their vehicles in Hartlepool.
The first incident happened when two Year 9 pupils from St Hild’s Church of England School were walking in the King Oswy area around 4pm.
A man in a white vehicle, possibly a car, beckoned the girls over to him by waving his hand.
The girls walked away, informed their parents, who in turn contacted the school and police.
Teachers at the school held an assembly and gave personal safety advice to the children.
Then several days later, a Year 7 student and a friend were approached in the West View area by three people this time in what was described as a white van.
The concerned youngster used the advice she had been given and walked away from the vehicle and informed her parents.
A spokesman for St Hild’s Church of England School said: “I can confirm that advice on personal safety has been issued to all students by form tutors following two separate incidents.
“The first incident occurred in the King Oswy area on April 22, when two year nine students were approached by a man in a white car.
“The girls walked away, informed their parents and then alerted the school the following day.
“The second incident occurred several days later when one year seven student and a friend were approached in the West View area by three people in a white van.
“The student recalled the advice she had been given at school following the first incident and immediately walked away and told her parents.
“They then alerted the police and the school was subsequently informed.”
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police confirmed details recorded about the first report, which officers logged as a “suspicious incident”.
She said: “Two girls had been waved over by the occupant of what they said was a white car.
“It was logged as a suspicious incident.
“They hadn’t been accosted but they had been beckoned over.”
Anyone who has seen or experience any similar incidents should telephone police on 101.