Police called after man approached child in Horley

Police are asking for witnesses
Police are asking for witnesses

Surrey Police is appealing for witnesses following a suspicious incident in Horley during which a man spoke to a young girl.

The incident happened on Friday (January 23) in Lumley Road between 8.20am and 8.50am. The child ran away from the man.

A police spokesman said officers were keen to hear from the man who was described as white, in his mid-40s, with short curly dark hair, of medium height and build and with stubbly facial hair.

He was wearing a dark coloured jacket, with a grey and black small check pattern.

He may have also been in the area the previous day (January 22).

Investigating officer Detective Constable Laura Chambers said: “This could have been a completely innocent conversation, so if you were that person please contact us so we can conclude our investigation.

“I would like to reassure residents that we have had no other reports of similar incidents in the area and we are carrying out inquires to locate this individual.

“We have stepped up patrols in the area and officers are available to answer any questions and provide reassurance.

“I would also urge residents to remain vigilant and to always report any suspicious incidents immediately so we can take appropriate action.”

Anyone with information about this incident should call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference P15019607.

*A 50-year-old man arrested on Friday afternoon (January 23) was released with no further action being taken.