A mum was horrified when a stranger walked up to her car on the school run, reached in through an open window and touched the face of her son sitting in the back seat. It happened outside a school in North Somerset and has sparked a police manhunt.
It happened during the school pick-up in Kestrel Drive near Mead Vale School in Worle, near Weston-super-Mare, on Tuesday.
The mum told fellow parents on social media that the man was in his early 20s, adding: “When I confronted him, he replied that he liked him.”
She added: “This was reported to the police that evening, and they are taking it very seriously.”
Mead Vale headteacher Jo Jalosynski issued a warning to parents the next day, Bristol Live reports.
The headteacher said: “We have been asked by the police to make parents aware of a reported incident on Kestrel Drive yesterday afternoon where a man made an uninvited and upsetting approach to a parent and child in a car.
“If your children walk home alone, please speak to them about stranger danger.”
A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset police said officers are treating what happened as an assault.
They said: “An unknown man is reported to have approached a stationary car near the Kestrel Drive and Mead Vale junction where he reached into the vehicle and touched the face of a young boy, before walking off in the direction of Locking Road.”
The spokesperson said the alleged assault happened at about 3.20pm on May 23.
They added: “The boy sustained no physical injuries. The victim’s mother was with the child at the time and reported the incident a few hours later to police.
“Officers have since attended the family address to understand more about the incident and to check on his welfare.”
The force described the suspect as an Asian male in his 20s, about 6ft tall with dark hair, facial hair and dark eyes.
He was wearing a dark grey tracksuit at the time. CCTV and house-to-house enquiries are underway.
The force’s neighbourhood team has also been made aware of the incident and plan to carry out patrols in the area, according to Avon and Somerset Police.
Witnesses of what happened or anyone driving in the area who may have dashcam footage showing the man is asked to call 101 and quote reference number 5223122486.