TWO of Bournemouth’s top schools have issued an alert to parents after a pupil was invited to get into a BMW by ‘two men in balaclavas’.

Bournemouth School and Bournemouth School for Girls sent out an email last week warning parents to talk to their children about their personal safety.

In the email, teachers say a boy was reportedly approached in a road in Charminster last month and urged all recipients to invite their children to ‘respond to any incident that concerns them or makes them feel unsafe’.

The email, which was forwarded to the Daily Echo, reads: “On October 17, a schoolboy was walking along a road in Charminster when a grey BMW saloon – M3 or M4 series – with an 07 number plate and red and blue coloured stripes on the front grille, drove alongside him and stopped in front of him at the junction.

“The driver, a male, opened his door, put his leg out of the car and asked the pupil if he wanted to get in.

“The driver was wearing a terracotta-coloured balaclava.

“There was another man in the passenger seat wearing a dark balaclava.

“The pupil did not enter the vehicle and ran home.

“The police have been made aware by the family concerned.”

Dorset Police are investigating the incident.

It follows other, similar incidents this year.

In September, Highcliffe School sent text messages to parents after a schoolgirl was asked to get into a car at a remote junction in Bransgore.

The child was approached on Friday, September 6 in broad daylight during the afternoon.

Earlier this year, police were forced to issue a warning after receiving reports that an elderly man ‘beckoned’ two young girls towards his car while they were walking to school in Ferndown.

According to the report made to officers, the man was in a black and silver car in Bracken Road when the incident happened.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Ferndown Police urged parents to “please make your children aware of the dangers of strangers”.

In February, police investigated reports that a man tried to entice a 10-year-old boy into a van near Kingsleigh Primary School in Bournemouth.

The incident happened in Bennion Road as the boy went to meet his mum at around 3.30pm.

Richard Gower, the headteacher of the Hadow Road school, met with the parents of the boy concerned and also spoken to pupils about the incident.

Parents were also made aware of what had happened.

Mr Gower said that the boy, a Year 6 pupil, refused to get into the van.