South East Wales

Police warning after man approaches mother and child

Police are investigating five incidents in the Pentwyn and Pontprennau areas of Cardiff where a man was seen acting suspiciously.

One report involved a man offering a woman and her son a lift in a black Range Rover outside Pontprennau Primary School.

South Wales Police said five similar incidents had been reported since 26 January.

The school has warned parents to be vigilant and report anything strange.

Three of the incidents were in Pentwyn - Pentwyn Drive, Pentwyn Road, and Glyn Coed Road - and two in Pontprennau - Lascelles Drive and Heol Pontprennau.

Increased patrols

The most recent report from 8 February saw a woman approached by the zebra crossing near the school in Heol Pontprennau at around 12:30 GMT by a man driving a black Range Rover as she was taking her son to nursery. He offered them a lift, she declined and he drove off.

Insp Paul Arkontopoulos said: "There are some similarities in the description of the man and a vehicle but there are also some differences too so at this stage we cannot be certain it is the same man.

"Enquiries are continuing into these incidents and neighbourhood officers have increased patrols near schools, at the start and end of the school day, to help reassure the local community."

Concerns raised

Pontprennau Primary School issued its own warning on its Facebook page.

Head teacher, Lizzie Dykes said: "Following concerns being raised by a parent at the school, we called the 101 number to report the incident. The school has advised parents to be on the lookout and to remain vigilant."

Anyone with information is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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