Police seek man who approached girls in Portchester

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Police are seeking a man who approached two girls in Portchester.

They revealed details of the incident today, saying that the man’s intentions were not clear but that he had frightened the children and caused concern in the area.

Police said the 13-year-old girls were walking along Lonsdale Avenue in Portchester at around 4.15pm on Thursday, January 3, when the man approached them.

Detective Inspector Gary Hill said specialist officers spoke with the girls and their families over the weekend.

‘The girls acted correctly by raising their concerns with a parent who was able to contact police. We always encourage people to report this type of information to the authorities promptly.

‘Detectives are not linking this report to any other cases as the full actions and exact intentions of the man seen by the girls are not completely clear at this time.

‘However, it is clear that this man’s behaviour frightened and upset the girls, and is causing some concern to local residents. Therefore, I am appealing for this man to come forward and talk with the police about what happened. There could be a completely innocent explanation that will allow us to reassure the girls, their families and the community. We believe the man could have been a delivery driver working for a local shop or supermarket. Officers are making direct enquiries with businesses in the area.

‘I would also ask witnesses or anyone with information about a van in Lonsdale Avenue in Portchester on Thursday afternoon to contact detectives.’

The van driver, witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact CID at Fareham Police Station by phoning 101. Mini-Com users can call the police on 01962 875000. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Last month, police launched an investigation into suspected child abduction attempts in Leigh Park and Emsworth, believed to have been made by the same man.