Police are investigating a suspicious incident just off Hardwick Bank Road in Northway in Tewkesbury yesterday (Thursday 7 July).
A 10-year-old girl had left school and was waiting for her mother on the footpath that leads from the premises of Colin Moore Motor Engineer to Carrant Brook Junior School when a man on a bike rode past her. He then stopped a short distance away from her, got off his bike and placed his hand on her shoulder.
The girl shrugged him off and ran away, leaving her bike on the ground. She ran back towards the Colin Moore Motor Engineer premises and believes that the man also rode away on his bike in the same direction.
The incident happened between 3.30pm and 3.45pm.
The man is described as in his 30s, of medium build and 5ft 7ins tall, wearing a black hoodie with the hood up, black tracksuit bottoms and light beige work boots. The bike was black.
Anyone who saw the man or witnessed the incident should call 101, quoting incident 328 of 7 July.
Parents are urged to be vigilant and read the stranger danger advice available on the Constabulary websitewww.gloucestershire.police.uk/staying-safe/keeping-yourself-safe/stranger-danger/.
You can also contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.