Teenage girl approached by man in North Tyneside

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Police are investigating a suspicious incident involving a 15-year-old girl in North Tyneside.

It happened yesterday between 9.15am and 9.45am on Suez Street in North Shields. The teenager was walking along the street when a small red car with tinted windows approached her and stopped.

A man walked towards her and asked her for directions. He then asked her to come in the car and when she refused he grabbed her arm. The teenager ran off and was distressed by the incident, but otherwise unharmed.

The man who approached her is described as being black with large afro-style hair, dark clothing and a local accent. There was another man in the rear of the car. He is described as black with little waves cut into his hair and wearing a dark blue woollen buttoned-up jacket.

Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Storey said: “We know these type of incidents do cause concern in the community and we are carrying out a number of inquiries in order to identify the two men. If anyone has information about this incident they are asked to contact police.”

Officers are carrying out inquiries in the area and additional police are on patrol to reassure the community. Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 342 of 29/06/15 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.