Suspicious Incidents in Stockton Brook and Endon, North Staffordshire

I just saw this and thought I should post it, as it’s relevant to our immediate area. Just shows that it goes on literally everywhere. Keep your eyes open!

This is from the Staffs Police Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150248185873378):

Officers are asking residents to be vigilant following a number of suspicious incidents in North Staffordshire.

No-one has been hurt, but a full investigation into the incidents – and any potential links between them – is underway by Staffordshire Police.

On Friday 1 April at around 7.15pm a grey Ford Galaxy people carrier was seen in Stanley Road, Stockton Brook. The man and woman in the car were reported to have tried to encourage two boys, aged eight and ten, who were playing in front of their house, into the Galaxy. The boys refused and the car drove off. The man was described as white, stocky and aged in his mid to late 30s. The woman was white, aged in her mid to late 30s and slim.

Two days later, on Sunday 3 April at around 3pm, a 14-year-old girl was walking near Tinsters Wood in Stockton Brook when a silver car stopped and its male driver got out. He shouted abuse at her and asked her to get in the car but the girl ran off. The man is described as 6ft tall, heavily built and was wearing a balaclava.

Officers are also investigating an earlier incident at around 5pm on 17 February in Endon where a 17-year-old girl noticed a silver Vauxhall Astra acting suspiciously in Leek Road. The male driver – who was described as white, aged in his early 30s, with a shaven head and large build – asked her to get into the car but she refused.

Sergeant Lee Crowther, from Staffordshire Moorlands Local Policing Team, said: "Public safety is our top priority and this type of incident is very unusual. We are treating these reports very seriously and looking into any potential links between them.

"Anyone who is approached in suspicious circumstances should contact police straight away. Likewise if anybody has any information about the identity of the offenders they should ring us on 0300 123 4455."

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