PARENTS are being warned to be on their guard after a “disturbing” incident which saw suggestive remarks hurled at two young boys.
The youngsters, aged 12 and 16, were said to be shaken after a man pulled up alongside them as they cycled along a busy Cleveleys street.
Police are now appealing for witnesses following the incident on Victoria Road West – which local councillors have stressed is “unusual” for the quiet area.
The youngsters were cycling down the road at around 4.55pm on Saturday, August 8, when they were approached by a man driving a Peugeot estate car.
They have described how he pulled up alongside them and shouted suggestive remarks at them before laughing and driving off at high speed, leaving the youngsters “distressed”.
Sgt Stephen McQuillan, who is investigating the incident, said: “This is a disturbing incident which left the boys distressed.
“I’d appeal for anybody that witnessed this incident or with any information to come forward and contact police.”
The offender is described as white and was aged between 40 and 50 with dark brown hair.
At the time he was wearing a green T-shirt and was driving what has been described as a “relatively new” dark red Peugeot 307 estate.
And now local councillors have urged anyone who might know the person responsible to come forward.
Coun Alan Vincent said: “It is a worry if someone has done this and I would appeal to anybody within that area who saw anything to come forward and give as much information as they can. Anyone who suspects they know who did it should come forward because it is clearly a disturbing incident and any potential threat to children should be dealt with as quickly as possible.
“It is very unusual for that area because there’s not a high level of crime but you never know when these incidents will occur, and Victoria Road West is a very busy road.”
And Coun Patsy Ormrod added: “I think the incident will be worrying for parents but hopefully it is just an isolated incident.
“We don’t know wether this offender is local and I hope the police have some response to their appeal.
“Hopefully it is a one-off incident because it is quite safe around this area for people and there are not many incidents but we need to keep an eye open because you can never be too careful.”