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Merseyside Police appeal after young girl approached by man in Formby with suspicious circumstances

A 7-year-old girl was approached in Formby by a male stranger on Tuesday evening who tried to get the girl to go with him. The young girl had gone outside her house and the man actually ran towards her. The girl did not see a vehicle.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: "We can confirm that an investigation is ongoing after the report of suspicious circumstances in Formby on Tuesday, 12 June. At around 7pm, a report was received of a 7-year-old girl having been approached by a man in the area of Alt Road. It was reported that the man had shouted at the girl before chasing her from the direction of Liverpool Road. The girl ran indoors and was safe and well. No trace of the man was found and police were called." "Enquiries are ongoing to identify the man, who was described as white, 6ft tall, with black hair and wearing a grey suit. Details have been circulated to local patrols and reassurance has been provided to the family involved." Chief Inspector Jerry Harris said: "Although no attempt appears to have been made to grab the girl, this is clearly a suspicious incident and one which we take extremely seriously." "If you have seen anyone matching this description acting suspiciously in the area, or have CCTV or dashcam footage which may assist, then please come forward as soon as possible. I want to reassure the community that we will act on all information provided." "The young girl did exactly the right thing in running home and telling an adult and I would encourage parents, guardians, carers and schools to keep passing on good advice, which obviously sticks in the minds of young people."

The incident happened on Alt Road in Formby. The mother of the young girl said: "My 7-year-old daughter went outside the front of our house on Alt Road, to look for a car we were expecting to arrive at that time. She was then approached by a man who seemed to want her to go with him."

"Thankfully she ran straight back into the house and other than being slightly shaken and scared, she's fine. We went outside to look for him but he was nowhere to be seen. The police have been involved and the schools informed."

Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC, call 101 with incident number 877 of 12 June, or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Child Safety Advice

As children grow older we release our parental reigns gradually, so that they become well-informed and independent people. We would like to provide you with the following advice to assist in keeping your children safer in the early stages of gaining independence.

What is a stranger? A stranger is anyone you don't know. Most strangers are nice people, but sometimes they can be nasty.

You should never:

  • go off with a stranger;

  • take things from a stranger;

  • get into a vehicle with a stranger;

  • go off on your own.

You should always:

  • tell your parents/carers where you are;

  • stick with friends;

  • play somewhere where your parents can see you.

If anyone ever makes you feel uncomfortable, worried or scared you should:

  • Shout 'STOP' or 'NO' as loud as you can. It's okay to say no to an adult or shout if you feel frightened.

  • Run: get to somewhere safe as quick as you can, this could be home, school, a police station, a friends house or somewhere like a shop where there are lots of people around. Ask your parents to show you some safe places you can go, just in case you are ever in danger.

  • Tell: tell your mum, dad, carer, teacher, a police officer or a grown up you trust right away.

It may be a good idea to sit down with your children and discuss this subject in the comfort of their own home.

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