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Police alert as man offers children crisps to get into van in Co Antrim village

Published 11/04/2016

The PSNI is investigating.
The PSNI is investigating.

Police in Newtownabbey are investigating a suspicious approach after a man offered children crisps to get into his van.

The incident happened in Burnside near Ballyclare on Saturday evening.

Inspector Ian Lockyer said: “It was reported that sometime around 8.15pm as a group of children were walking towards the Kellburn estate, a man in a van pulled up beside them and asked them to do a job for him and asked them to get into the back of his van and get crisps.

"Two other children then came over and the man reportedly asked them could they help or did they have to go home. The children did not enter the van and they left the area. None of the children were physically assaulted.

“The man is described as being between 40/50 years old, of stocky build, approximately 6’2”/6’3” or taller, bald with grey hair at the sides and wearing a navy long jacket and navy work trousers.

“I would ask the man to contact police as they may be able to help us with our enquiries. Police enquiries into the incident are ongoing but I would appeal to anyone with any information on this incident to contact police in Newtownabbey on the non-emergency number 101 or anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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