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Suspicious incidents in Nanaimo prompt police warning

Police in Nanaimo are advising caution after receiving reports of two incidents of a man following children in as many weeks.

The most recent occurrence happened Friday at about 12:30 p.m. when a nine-year-old girl reported a man had followed her across the soccer fields at Harry Whipper Park.

The girl told her parents she saw the man walking on the soccer fields and when she picked up her pace he did so as well.

The man never came closer than 50 metres, made no attempt to communicate with her and was gone by the time she got to Renee Place.

The man is described as in his 60s, about 5' 9" with short grey hair and was wearing a grey T-shirt and blue jeans.

In an early incident Jan. 10 at about 8:15 a.m., a 12-year-old boy was riding his scooter on a path connecting Entwhistle Drive and Frank J. Ney Elementary School when he was followed by a man who got out of a white, stake-bed truck.

The driver was described as being in his 60s with grey hair and a moustache who was wearing a toque, dark jeans and a black and grey checkered jacket. He did not try to communicate with the boy.

Police are investigating both incidents and advising parents to be cautious and keep an eye on children walking between home and school.

Anyone with information about this individual is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-847 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.

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