Police investigating a report of two men asking a boy to get into their car in Elm Grove, Brighton about 3.10pm on Thursday (22 October) are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
The victim – a 12-year-old boy – was waiting at a bus stop when one of the suspects asked him if he would like a lift home. Two unidentified male members of the public intervened and the suspects drove away. Nobody was harmed.
Suspect one is described as a white man, in his 40s or 50s, with a Scottish accent. The second suspect is a white man, of a large build, with a ponytail and was wearing a facemask with a monkey design on it. They were driving a white car.
Detective Superintendent Mike Ashcroft said: “We are pursuing several lines of enquiry as we work to establish the full circumstances.
“We are appealing directly to the two individuals who stepped in to help to come forward and speak to the officers investigating the circumstances of this incident. We are also appealing to any other witnesses in the area who may have seen what happened.
“Be assured that incidents such as these are extremely rare and we would urge anyone in this situation to walk away or call for help and dial 999 immediately.”
Anyone with information is asked to report online or call 101, quoting 894 of 22/10.