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Man who approached two young girls sought by police

The children were left uncomfortable following two separate incidents in Dingwall.

Ross Avenue: Girl approached at 1.10pm (file pic).
Ross Avenue: Girl approached at 1.10pm (file pic). 2018 Google

Police are looking to trace a man who approached two young girls in Dingwall.

The man, said to be in his late 40s, approached the girls in separate incidents on Friday February 9.

Officers said the first of these took place around 1.10pm on the Highland town's Ross Avenue and the second happened five minutes later near Munro Place.

Neither girl was injured but the man's attentions made both uncomfortable.

The man is described as being of average height and wearing black clothing including work boots and a hat.

PC James Winter, who is leading the investigation, said: "I must stress that on neither occasion were the two girls involved hurt in any way, but they were naturally concerned at being approached by a stranger and rightly told an adult.

"The man didn't speak to them, but his actions were clearly enough to make the youngsters feel uncomfortable.

"I would appeal to anyone who was in the area around the time in question and has information which could assist to please get in touch.

"I would also ask that if you recognise yourself to be this man, please make contact with police as soon as possible as we try to establish exactly what happened."

Mr Winter said officers would be carrying out extra patrols in the town while enquiries were ongoing.

He added: "I would also encourage local parents to talk to their children about what to do if they are approached by a stranger, in particular reinforcing just how important it is that they don't engage with them and that they tell an adult as soon as possible."

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