Mother raises safety concerns

A Banchory mother has raised concerns about a suspicious man, after he approached her children last Tuesday and told them to get in his car.

The incident involved Lynda Moonan’s nine-year-old daughter, her daughter’s friend, also nine, and her 11-year-old step-son.

Lynda said: “The kids were walking to Tesco one night last week, and I received a phone call from a lady that works there.

“She told me that my daughter had given them my mobile number after they’d run away from a man that had approached them in a car.

“The man in the car told them to get in.”

Lynda added: “I sent my husband to pick them up, but by the time he got there the police had been phoned, and they all had to stay there until the police had spoken to them.

“Then they had to give statements.”

Lynda said that all the kids were very shaken up by the incident.

The police in Banchory are now looking to trace a man in relation to the incident.

He is believed to have spoken to the children at around 7:30pm on Wednesday, August 5.

The kids described him as being between 40 and 60-years-old with grey, balding hair, and wearing a grey tee-shirt and blue jeans.

The children did not know the man and reported that he was driving a red car.

The Marr Community Policing Team would now like to speak to the man to establish the full circumstances of the incident.

Inspector Martin Burgess, of the Marr CPT, said: “There is no reason to think that there was anything untoward in the contact, but we would, nevertheless, like to speak to the man in order to satisfy ourselves on the matter.

“If you were near the Tesco superstore or the nearby area at the time or have any information, then we would be grateful if you would contact us.”

Anyone with any information should contact the Police on 101, or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if they wish to remain anonymous.