Further report of van driver approaching children in the Deepings

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A youth centre has issued a warning after two girls said they approached by a van driver in Deeping St James.

The incident happened at about 7.15pm yesterday (Monday) when the pair, both 16, reported to volunteers at Deepings Youth Centre that the van drove alongside them in Crowson Way, Deeeping St James, before the driver opened the door to them.

Police issued a warning on Friday after three similar incidents were reported in the Deepings.

An 11-year-old girl was approached by a man driving a van in Thackers Way, Market Deeping, at about 4.30pm on Wednesday.

The man, who was described as being of muscular build with a white baseball cap on, tried to entice her into his vehicle.

Two men in a white van approached a 12-year-old boy and tried to entice him into their vehicle in Millfield Road, Market Deeping, at about 3.10pm on Thursday.

On the same day a 15-year-old girl felt that she was being followed by a man in the Burchall Close area of Deeping St James.

All the children returned safely to their homes and told their parents.

Speaking about yesterday’s incident Paul Hanson, senior youth worker at Deepings Youth Centre in Eastgate, Deeping St James, said: “Obviously we’re all a bit concerned.

“I don’t know whether the man is trying to scare the children or it’s something more sinister but we do not want to find out really.

“The girls were quite shaken but they ran in to report it to us and we reported it to the police straight away.

“We’re asking people to either come to the club in groups or get lifts from parents.

“We just hope the police catch them.”

Police are urging parents not to panic, but to be vigilant and to give their children the usual common sense stranger danger advice.

Investigations are progressing and extra resources have been deployed to the area to at key times to step up patrols.

Anyone with any information should call Insp Mike Burnett via the 101 number.