Surrey police on alert after drivers approach pupils

Police have stepped up patrols near a Surrey school after two pupils were approached by strangers.

A man in his 50s approached an 11-year-old girl on 11 January as she walked to Rodborough School in Godalming.

On Tuesday a 12-year-old boy was invited into a woman's car as he was on his way to the same school.

Both children reported the approaches to school staff, who alerted police and warned parents.

Open mind

In the first incident, a man wearing a pale grey hooded jacket and driving a large silver vehicle approached the girl as she walked along Shackstead Lane, in Busbridge.

In the incident a week later, a woman driving a white car in Moushill Lane, Milford, asked the boy several times to get into her car, saying she would drive him to school.

Police say no offences were committed, but they have urged pupils to be vigilant.

The area's neighbourhood inspector, Tom Budd, said: "Our advice would also be to stick to main paths and keep eyes and ears open for anything unusual.

"Children should be encouraged to report anything unusual or suspicious to their parents, guardian or school, who in turn can pass the information along to us."

A spokesman said police were keeping an open mind about whether the incidents were linked, but confirmed that patrols in the area had been increased.

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