Police are investigating a report that a young boy was followed by a group of men in a car.
The 12-year old boy was walking home from the nearby Casbah convenience store in Horsham Road, after buying some sweets at about 6.30pm on May 26, police revealed today (June 6).
A car, described as a red Nissan Almera, of mid-1990’s ‘M’ registration, with an EU symbol on the number plates, and containing three men, drove up and one of them offered the boy a lift.
A police spokesman said: “He refused and walked on, but the car followed him as walked home and on several occasions it blocked his path forcing him to move to one side. Eventually he hid for a short while in a block of flats and the car disappeared. He went home and police were informed.
“At no time did the occupants of the car attempt to attack or snatch the boy.”
The men in the car were described as black. The driver wore a red shirt and had a diamond earring.
The front seat passenger wore a white nylon Adidas jacket with black stripes.
The rear seat passenger may have been wearing dark clothes.
Detective Constable Natalie Freeman said; “Reports like this are very rare and the motives of the men are not clear at this stage. We are still looking into this incident in order to establish the full circumstances, and anyone who saw anything suspicious, or who can help us identify the car or the men, is asked to call us on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting serial 1209 of 26/5.”