Two attempted child abductions just three days apart in the same area of Milton Keynes are not connected , police confirmed this week.
Alarm bells began ringing on Friday evening when a 14-year-old Denbigh student was walking in Shenley Church End with his friend.
They passed a parked car and the driver tried to encourage them to get inside for a lift.
The boys walked on and the car drove away, say police.
The incident, which resulted in Denbigh school emailing a warning to hundreds of parents, happened at 7.45pm in Shenley Road.
Police were still investigating when they were called to a second and even more disturbing case just a mile and a half away in Oxley Park.
An eight-year-old girl was cycling near the Fonda Meadows junction with Raft Way when a man pulled up in a small green car between 6pm and 6.30pm,
He spoke to the child and tried to grab her arm. Bravely, the girl pulled away and cycled off.
The sharp-eyed youngster managed to give police a good description of her would-be abductor.
He is described as white but suntanned, in his late 30s or early 40s and had brown wavy collar-length hair with blond highlights.
He had an earring in his right ear and was wearing a light blue Lacoste top with two buttons, light black jeans and a grey watch.
The car was a four-door model, possibly lime green, and had a dent in the rear offside and scratches at the back close to the roof.
The attempted abductor on Friday is also described as a white male in his early 40s.
He had brown/black spiky hair and wore a white shirt, while his car is described as small and white coloured.
Police Detective Inspector, Nick Glister, said: “Incidents of this nature are extremely rare and I would like to reassure local residents that we have a team of detectives investigating .”
Neighbourhood police officers are now carrying out extra patrols of the area and any parents with concerns are welcome to talk to them.
A police spokesman said this week that officers were not connecting the two cases.
> Meanwhile anybody with any information is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.