Police investigating after two boys ‘offered lift’ by woman in Heysham

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Police are asking for help identifying a woman they say offered two young boys a lift as they walked home from school in Heysham.

Officers have described the incident, which happened between 4.30pm and 4.45pm on Thursday, November 7, as ‘suspicious’.

The two 12-year-olds were walking from Heysham High School when they were approached on Middleton Road by a woman in a dark-coloured vehicle who asked them if they wanted a lift.

But the pair declined and continued walking home where they informed their parents.

The lone female driver was described as white with heavy make-up, dark brown or auburn hair and aged between 20 and 40-years-old with a North West accent. Quite distinctively, police said, she had a diagonally cracked front tooth.

The vehicle, which is believed to be a Renault, is described as a being a 4x4 or people carrier with side steps and the front number plate in the windscreen.

In a statement posted on the Morecambe Area Police Facebook page, officers said: “We’re keen to hear from anyone who believes they may have seen this incident or who has any information about the vehicle or the driver.

“Equally, we would also appeal directly for the woman involved to contact us as her intentions may have been completely genuine.

“We understand people may be alarmed and concerned about this incident and we would like to reassure you that we take reports like this seriously and that it is being thoroughly investigated.

“If any youngsters are approached by someone they don’t know and asked to get into a car then they should go home or to a public place and report it.

“It is really important that people report first hand instances of suspicious behaviour and try to avoid repeating gossip and third hand information.

“We sometimes find that when people start to talk about incidents like this on social media, without any malicious intent, stories can become confused and sometimes exaggerated and we would ask people to bear this in mind.”

Information should be passed to police on 101.