Police appeal for witnesses after stranger touched boy on shoulder in Hillmorton

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POLICE in Rugby are asking for information following an incident in which a male has approached a 12-year-old boy and asked him for directions.

The encounter took place at shortly after 6.30pm on Tuesday 17 April as the boy walked along Kingsley Avenue in Rugby. A man got out of a car that was parked on the roadside and walked up to the boy and asked for information on where he was.

When the boy replied that they were in Kingsley the man put his hand on the boy’s shoulder.

The boy ran off and the man slipped as he attempted to follow him. The boy reported the incident to his family.

The stranger is described as being a black male, taller than 5feet 6 inches and of stocky build with short curly hair.He was wearing denim jeans. The car he got out of, which was parked in Kinsley Avenue, was dark in colour.

Police are investigating the incident which they are treating as an unexplained encounter and would like to hear from anyone who has had a similar experience in Rugby, which they have not reported to the police.

Detective Inspector Sean Pyne from the Rugby Local Investigation Team said, “It could be that the man was genuinely lost, and wanted to know his locality in which case we would ask him to come forward and make himself known to the police.

“We do not want to alarm people unnecessarily, but we do want to find out if other people are aware of this man, and this is also a timely opportunity to remind parents and carers to speak to their children about the need to be aware of their personal safety when they encounter strangers.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Local Investigation Team at Rugby Police Station on (01788) 856126 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 where the information can be given anonymously.