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Children approached by stranger at Clifton School

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Children in a West End school playground were approached by a stranger Monday morning and offered candy, police said.

An eight-year-old girl and nine-year-old boy were approached by a man in a vehicle while they played near Clifton School, a nursery to Grade 6 school in the 1000 block of Clifton.

The children told police when the man offered them candy from his truck window, they fled to their caregivers.

The children weren’t hurt.

The man is described as Caucasian, unshaven, wearing a black tuque and driving a white two-door pickup truck.

Police credit the two children with smart thinking.

"These children did the right thing by quite simply removing themselves from that situation, notifying an adult that was looking after them at the time, and police being notified quickly," Const. Jason Michalyshen, a spokesman with the Winnipeg Police Service, said today.

"If a scenario like this comes up, this is how we want to see it played out."

Police continue to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 204-986-2839 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).

 

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