Reports two young schoolgirls were approached by men in a car were today being investigated by police.
Officers are appealing for information after an incident was were reported claiming youngsters - one aged just nine- were approached and asked to get in to a car.
They are not linking it to another incident which happened in June in the city - but say that there are “similarities”.
Police said shortly before 7.30pm on October 7, when girls aged nine and 10 were approached on Marlfield Close, Tanterton, Preston, by two Asian men in a silver estate car, possibly a Renault or Peugeot.
They were asked to get in the car
The driver is described as a chubby older man dressed in black clothing. He had short dark hair and a goatee beard.
Police are also continuign to investigate a report that on June 8, shortly before 8pm a nine-year-old girl and six-year-old girl were approached on Barry Avenue, Ingol, and asked to get into a car by a man.
He was described as an Asian male in 30s, slim build, small in height, peaked hat, black hoody, and blue bottoms.
The car was described as a small blue or purple car.
Det Insp Warren Atkinson, of Preston Police, said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who believes they may have seen any of the above incidents or who has any information about them.
“We understand that people may be alarmed and concerned about these incidents and we would like to reassure people that we take reports like this seriously and that they are being thoroughly investigated.
“Neighbourhood policing officers have been, and will continue to be, in contact with people in the area, and parents are reminded to be vigilant at all times.
“If any youngsters are approached by someone they don’t know and asked to get in to a car then they should go home or to a public place and report it.
DI Atkinson added: “As is sometimes the case when people start to talk about such incidents on social media, stories are confused and added to as they are passed on, without any malicious intent, and after the story has been retold a few times it can become exaggerated. It is really important that people report first hand instances of suspicious behaviour and to try and avoid repeating gossip and third hand information.”
Anyone with information about either incident should call police on 101.