Urgent warning to parents after man in a CLOWN mask offers kids a lift as schoolchildren left 'upset'

POLICE are warning schoolkids to be wary after a man in a clown mask has been offering lifts outside of a school. 

Children have been urged to take caution after the man in a white van outside of St John Fisher Catholic College in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs, offered the lift. 

In one incident which was reported to Staffordshire Police, the man in the mask asked a pupil if they wanted a ride. 

Another pupil on their way to school was left “upset and frightened” after being spoken to by the occupants of the van who were wearing “clown like” masks. 

Cops are urging anyone who spots the vehicle or occupants wearing the mask to contact them as soon as possible. 

St John Fisher headteacher Garrett Murray said: "We have been informed by the police that a number of reports have been received by them regarding a suspicious white van stopping a number of young people in the Wolstanton and wider area.

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"In one report, a young person was asked if they wanted a ride and another report suggests that individuals in the van were wearing clown-like masks which upset and frightened a young person on their way to school.

"Local police will patrol around the location throughout the day. I am asking learners, parents and carers to be vigilant and to report any concerns to Staffordshire Police on 101 or via the Staffordshire Police website or Facebook page.

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"Any descriptions or identifying markers such as vehicle registration plates would be extremely useful in helping the police with their enquiries."

Sightings should be reported to Staffordshire Police on 101 or via the social media channels.

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