Girl, 9, approached by stranger in York park – police investigating

Haxby Road Park. Photograph © Google Street View
5 Jul 2016 @ 4.46 pm
| Crime
Haxby Road Park. Photograph © Google Street View
Haxby Road Park. Photograph © Google Street View

Police are investigating after a nine-year-old girl was approached by a man in a York park.

Officers received one report of suspicious behaviour by a man in his 50s who was in the play area of Haxby Road Park at 5.30pm on Monday (July 4).

Police are working to establish the full circumstances and are appealing for the public’s help.

They would like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time, saw anything relating to the incident or know who the man was.

And if the man sees or hears this appeal himself, he is urge him to come forward to the police as soon as possible to explain the situation.

Have you seen him?

The man is…

of Asian descent
around 5ft 8ins to 6ft tall
of medium build
with a square-shaped face with pockmarked cheeks.

He was wearing

a green and white T-shirt – similar to a football shirt
shiny grey trousers
and black formal shoes.

Extra police patrols

Detective Sergeant Matt Wilkinson said: “We are supporting the girl and her family while the investigation is ongoing. We’re working to confirm exactly what happened during this incident and trace people who may be able to help with our enquiries.

“If you saw anything, no matter how trivial it may seem, I’d urge you to call us and share that information.”

north-yorkshire-police-logo-25How to help the police

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for the Serious Crime Team York
Or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Quote reference number 12160118071

Det Sgt Wilkinson added:

There could be an entirely innocent misunderstanding behind this incident, but we need to be certain. We are doing all we can to get to the bottom of it and put minds at rest.

In the meantime, extra police patrols have been put in place to provide a visible and reassuring presence in the local community while our enquiries continue.