Parents were left frightened after a man attempted to lure two 12-year-old schoolboys into his van.
The incident occurred as the boys were walking home from Stockland Green School, Erdington, on Monday (September 20.)
It was reported man in a white van was driving down Bleak Hill Road where he stopped near the boys. According to their account the man commented on one boy eating sweets, claiming it wasn’t good for him.
He was described as a white male in his 30s or 40s, with a long ginger beard and British accent.
The driver then told the boys to get into the back of his van as there was plenty of room.
Frightened, the boys ran away and informed their parents who called the police immediately.
One of the mothers, who only wanted to be identified as Jenny, said: “I had a sleepless night after this. It has caused me and my husband a lot of stress.
“Now I worry about my son going to and from school. As a parent it has made me re-think his journey.
“The school has been very supportive and even enforced the message of being careful to other students.
“My advice to other parents is have the ‘stranger danger’ conversation with your children regularly. Discuss routes to and from school.
“As parents we have to be vigilant about the dangers out there.”
A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: “We were called at 4pm yesterday (20 Sept) by a parent reporting her son had been approached by a man in a white van. It happened in Bleak Hill Road. It’s alleged the driver asked two boys if they wanted to get inside. The boys ignored him and ran off.
“Neither boy was touched or hurt. Our neighbourhood police unit are aware of the incident, following up some enquiries, and will be directing officers around the area for patrolling at school opening and closing times.
“Anyone with information or saw anything suspicious please message us on Live Chat through our website or call us on 101 quoting log 2763 from 20 Sept.”
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