POLICE in Leyland are searching for two men and a woman who asked a 12-year-old boy to get inside a car.

Officers said the boy was approached at around 4.40pm yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, February 9).


The 12-year-old schoolboy was walking along Royal Avenue close to St Mary’s Catholic High School when a car containing two men and a woman has stopped.


The driver has asked the boy whether he wanted a lift and asked him to get inside.


The teenager walked away from the area and returned home safely.


Police have reassured concerned parents that there was no attempt to physically abduct the boy.


A spokesman said: "We are treating this incident seriously and we would like to reassure local parents and residents that we have stepped up patrols in the area.


"Reports of this nature are rare and it’s important to note that this appears to be an isolated incident and we have not had any other reports of this vehicle or any others acting suspiciously in the area or near the school yesterday.


"If you were in the vicinity at the time and saw this vehicle, or similarly if you think you might know who the car belongs to, please contact us.


"We don’t know for sure what the intentions of the occupants were and we aren’t ruling out that it could have completely innocent and so if you think that this was you, please come forward.


"Please be reminded that this is an opportunity to speak to your children about stranger danger and not to get in to cars of people they don’t know."


The driver and the front seat passenger are described as white men and one was bald.


The woman, who was in the back, had red or purple dyed hair.


Anyone with information can speak to police on 101 quoting incident reference 972 of February 9.