PUPILS and parents have been warned to look out for two men in a van who have been attempting to abduct lone girls.
The white van has been spotted numerous times waiting outside Mirfield schools before and after school since the beginning of term, according to reports from pupils and parents.
The van, believed to be a Volkswagen, has been seen outside Mirfield Free Grammar (MFG), Castle Hall School and Crowlees First School.
It is believed the occupants, described as Asian, have been stalking lone female pupils.
One 13-year-old girl was followed by a white van along Lee Green five times. On three occasions, the pair got out of the van and tried to persuade her to go inside.
All schools have issued warnings to parents.
MFG headteacher Lorraine Barker has encouraged pupils to travel to and from the school in groups.
There are also reports of the same van hanging around the Liversedge and Brighouse area.
Mirfield councillor Vivien Lees-Hamilton is also urging anyone with information about the van – particularly the registration number – to come forward.
Clr Lees-Hamilton said: “The van has been seen in several locations but we’ve had no word on the registration.
“We need the registration number. This is a very serious threat to our children.
“They’re clearly cruising around schools so everyone needs to be vigilant.
“It’s a worrying time for everyone now. The nights are getting darker.
“If anyone gets the registration, or even half of it, please come forward and pass it on to us or the police.”
Police are appealing for information about a van which has been driving and waiting in a suspicious manner outside the schools.