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Police in North Dorset are issuing a warning to parents following a number of suspicious incidents involving approaches to children in the area over the last few days.
Police have received four reports of children being approached and offered a lift in a vehicle across the section – which covers Blandford, Shaftesbury and Gillingham – since Monday 27 September.
In some cases children have been asked if they would like to see some puppies.
In all cases the children concerned have refused the offers and have informed their parents immediately.
North Dorset Section Commander, Inspector Shawn Whitley said:
“Although the reports don’t appear to be linked as the descriptions of both the people and vehicles involved are very different, all are being treated as a priority.
“High visibility patrols have been stepped up in areas where reported incidents have taken place and each report is being investigated.
“Safer Neighbourhood officers are working closely with local schools to encourage parents and pupils to remain vigilant.
“Anyone who is approached should contact Dorset Police immediately on 01202 222 222.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01202 or 01305 22 22 22 or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.