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Girls run off in three strangers scares
Police are investigating reports of young girls being approached by strangers in three separate incidents.
Officers are reassuring parents there is nothing to suggest the incidents – in Horsforth, Bramhope and Cookridge – were linked or that they were attempted abductions.
In each case the young girls ran away after being approached by men.
Two of the reported incidents happened on Tuesday.
In the first a 13-year-old girl was approached by two men on foot in Lee Lane East. They tried to talk to her and one held her arm but she ran off.
One man was described as white, in his late twenties, about 5ft 10in tall, with facial stubble.
He was wearing a blue hooded top and blue jeans and had an accent described as sounding Australian or Irish. The second man was white, in his early thirties, about 5ft 6in tall, with very short black hair and wearing a red, blue or dark-coloured fleece and dark green trousers.
In the second case police received a report of an 11-year-old girl being approached by a lone man in a white van in Creskeld Lane, Bramhope.
The driver spoke to her and she ran off. The man was described as white, aged in his early forties, with short dark brown hair. He had stubble on his chin and wore a plain T-shirt.
Police are also investigating a report of an incident in Cookridge on Monday where a 14-year-old girl said she was followed by a large white van in Tinshill Road, Haigh Wood Road and Woodnook Drive. She ran off when the van pulled up near her. The occupants were described as two men in their twenties or thirties.
Detective Inspector Andy Welbourn said: “We are investigating these incidents on the basis of what has been reported but there is nothing at this stage to suggest any link between them.
“There is also nothing to suggest these were attempted abductions and we are keeping an open mind as to the nature of the incidents.
“We do recognise the circumstances have been distressing for the children and their families and we would like to reassure them and the wider community we are thoroughly investigating each incident in an effort to trace those involved.”