Sussex Police are appealing for information after a 13-year-old girl was approached by a stranger.
A police spokesman said the girl was walking in Ashdown Drive, Tilgate, at around 5.30pm on Wednesday (January 15) when a man asked for directions from his car.
The man is reported to have got out of the car and started to run towards her.
The spokesman added: “The man is described as in his 40s, about 5ft 11ins and of medium build, with a beard and moustache, and wearing a black jumper and blue jeans.
“His car is described as possibly being of Mercedes make.
“The reason for this isolated incident is not clear but anyone who has any information is asked to call Sussex Police via 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting serial 999 of 15/1.”