Humberside Police need help identifying man who asked 12-year-old boy to “come with him”

Humberside Police need help identifying man who asked 12-year-old boy to “come with him”

Humberside Police are appealing for help to identify a man who asked a 12-year-old boy to come with him, claiming to be a friend of the family, as he walked through Beacon Avenue Cemetery in Cleethorpes yesterday morning.

The incident occurred between 8:45am and 9:15am, in which the victim was approached near the cemetery gates on Curzon Avenue.

The man has been described as being in his 30s, white with a tanned complexion, six feet tall, of an average build. He was wearing a black beanie hat, black hooded top with a large pocket across the front, black tracksuit bottoms, black face mask and blue trainers with a white trim near the sole.

He spoke with a local accent.

The man did not physically touch the boy, but the victim was understandably left shaken.

Detective Inspector Kerry Bull from Humberside Police said: “I understand reports of this nature may worry local parents and young people, however at this stage in our investigation it is thought to be an isolated incident and we are following up a number of lines of enquiry, such as trawling CCTV, to identify the person responsible.

“Our local team are patrolling in the area to provide reassurance and I would encourage anyone with concerns to speak to them.

“We take reports of this nature very seriously, and would appeal for your help to progress our investigation.

“If you saw a man matching our description in or around the vicinity of the cemetery yesterday, please get in touch. We are particularly interested to hear from two cyclists who are reported to have entered the cemetery from Beacon Avenue as the boy ran away.

“We would encourage you to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to us so we can take the appropriate action.”

If you have any information that could assist Humberside Police in their investigation, call their non-emergency number 101 quoting log number 181 of 22 March.

If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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