Police are investigating after a 10-year-old boy was approached by a man acting suspiciously on a towpath off Banbury Lane, Northampton, at about 3.30pm yesterday afternoon.
The boy was not injured in the incident and walked away from the man, who was white, aged 25-30, 6ft 1ins, of medium build, with a red mark on the right hand side of his chin.
He had brown hair, blue/green eyes and wore a grey hooded top with the hood up and a big pocket on the front. He was also wearing grey jogging bottoms and black trainers with red stripes across the side.
After the boy walked away the man made off along the towpath in the direction of the M1.
Officers investigating the incident are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area and saw the man to contact them. They would also like anyone who may recognise the description of the offender to contact them.
The local Safer Community Team will be conducting regular patrols in the area in support of the operation.
Detectives are also urging parents and guardians to remind their children of the appropriate safety advice with regard to strangers, encouraging them to tell a parent, teacher or police officer if they are approached.
Witnesses or anyone with information about this incident is asked contact police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 11