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Wednesday 19 July 2017, 4:19 PM

Gloucestershire Police are appealing for witnesses following two incidents where teenage girls were approached by two men in a van in Gloucester.

The first report was from two girls catching the bus home outside Barnwood Park Arts College, St Lawrence Road, Barnwood at approximately 3.50pm yesterday, 18 July. A blue transit type van pulled up alongside the girls and the driver asked them if they wanted a lift. The girls refused and the van headed off in the Abbeymead direction.

Police had a second incident reported at 4.20pm yesterday when a girl returned home from school saying that a blue transit type van had approached her on Norbury Avenue, Matson and the driver asked if she wanted to get in. The girl refused and walked off.

The driver was described as white, in his twenties with blonde hair. There was male passenger in the van who is also white. The vehicle had a foreign number plate, possibly Irish.

Police are asking parents to speak to their children reminding them to be vigilant and report any incidents of being approached by strangers. Local schools in the area have been alerted and reassurance patrols by uniformed officers are taking place.

If you have seen this van or have any information that can help police with their enquiries please call 101 quoting incident number 371 of 18 July 2017.