POLICE are appealing for witnesses following reports of a van waiting or being driven suspiciously in Mirfield.

The van, possibly a Volkswagen or flat-back, has been spotted parked up or being driven slowly near children around Mirfield Free Grammar and Castle Hall Schools.

It is alleged that on one occasion the driver spoke to a schoolgirl in an attempt to lure her into the vehicle.

Descriptions of the vehicle involved and the vehicle’s occupants have varied and police are currently trying to establish links between reports.

Inspector Jenny Thompson of Dewsbury and Mirfield NPT, said: “We take these allegations extremely seriously.

“We are keen to establish precisely what has been occurring.

“We will continue to work closely with local schools, partners and parents.

“NPT officers have stepped up patrols around schools in Mirfield, and our schools liaison officer has spoken to children in assemblies to reinforce safety messages along with school staff.

“I would ask anyone who has seen a white van being used suspiciously in Mirfield in recent weeks to contact the Dewsbury and Mirfield NPT via 101 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111”.

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