POLICE are searching for a man after he was seen stood in an undergrowth offering an 11-year-old boy a lift to school.

Dorset Police received a report that the boy was walking along Sandford Road, at the junction with Miles Avenue, in Sandford at 8.10am on May 7 when the man spoke to him.

It is reported that he was stood in the undergrowth and asked the boy if he wanted a lift school.

The boy did not respond and ran off to meet his friends at a nearby bus stop, where a school girl said she had also seen the man.

She added that the man had been staring at her as she had walked past but did not try to speak to her.

The man is described as aged in his late 40s or early 50s, between five ft 10 and six ft tall.

He is said to have short strawberry blond and grey hair, that appears dyed, with facial wrinkles and stood very upright.

At the time of the incident he wore a short matte black waterproof jacket, black trousers, sunglasses and was carrying a paper bag.

A Dorset Police spokesperson said: “Officers are carrying out enquiries into the incident, including a review of CCTV footage in the area.

“The local neighbourhood policing team has also been made aware and officers are liaising with the children and their families.

“Enquiries are ongoing to identify the man involved and establish the full circumstances of the incident.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dprset.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55240068234.”

A letter was sent to parents of the school warning guardians to reiterate stranger danger to children and to report anything of concern to the police.