Police warning after driver followed schoolgirl in Leyland

Incident: A schoolgirl was approached at the Railway pub car park in Leyland
Incident: A schoolgirl was approached at the Railway pub car park in Leyland

Police are appealing for witnesses after a schoolgirl was approached by a man in Leyland.

The incident happened on Stanifield Lane near to Moss Lane on the Railway pub car park at around 8.15am on Friday, November 16.

The victim, a 12-year-old local girl, who was heading to school, was approached by a man who was driving a dark coloured car.

He drove towards her and asked her for directions, and as she walked off, he followed her in his car driving slowly down Moss Lane.

As he was driving down Moss Lane, the vehicle behind him sounded his horn because of the slow speed he was driving at.

Detective Sergeant Ian Derbyshire, from Leyland CID, said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed the incident to come forward and contact the police.

“I am particularly keen to speak to the driver of the vehicle who was behind this dark coloured car as they may have witnessed where the car went.

“If that was you then I would ask you to contact police immediately.”

A girl was also approached in Chorley last week.

Sgt Derbyshire added: “There was a similar incident earlier in the week and I am keeping an open mind as to whether the two are linked.

“In the meantime I would ask local residents to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police.

“If anyone in the community has any concerns then I would ask them to speak to their local officers.

“Understandably the girl has been upset by her experience and she is being supported by her family and specially trained officers.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Leyland CID on 101 quoting log number LC-20121116-1185.

People can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.