Police are investigating the attempted abduction of a young boy as he walked to school in Harrogate on Tuesday morning.
The 12-year-old, who had been walking to school in Killinghall at about 8.45am on Tuesday, was approached by a man who shouted at him to get into his car.
The boy fled, and the incident was reported to police, and now officers are trying to trace the man to find out more about what happened.
“It may well be that this has arisen out of a case of mistaken identity and there may be a perfectly innocent explanation,” said Sgt Tom Jackson, of the Harrogate Safer Neighbourhood’s Team.
“We don’t want to cause undue alarm. If the driver should recognise himself from the description, we would urge them to come forward.
“In the meantime we would urge parents to exercise the usual vigilance to ensure that their children are clear about what to do if they are approached by a stranger.
“We will also be looking to give additional advice to local schools.”
The boy was approached on Manor Gardens, in Killinghall. He didn’t get a description of the man, but told police he had a silver band on his wedding finger.
The car, said to be a small to medium sized hatchback, was dark red in colour.
It had blacked out front and rear side windows, and a scratch along the full width of the passenger side door.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, selecting option two.
Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111.