Mother “heartbroken” after couple attempt to get son into van outside North Hykeham school

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A mother has described her fright and heartbreak after her 10-year-old son was approached by a couple in a red van outside of North Kesteven School.

The school has also issued an alert to the public following the frightening incident.

Jemma Goulding from Lincoln took to social media to warn others, explaining her son Theo had been walking to football practice when a red combo van approached him in the NK carpark area.

A man had shouted at him to ‘get in the van’, she said in the post, which has been shared over 900 times.

It read: “Just to make everyone aware, last night in NK carpark (5pm, Friday, July 14) Theo was walking into football and a red combo van approached him, the man shouted at Theo trying to get him into the van!

“Dark male and female in the van. Luckily Theo ran into football but he’s very shook up.

“NK contacted police but there’s nothing they can do as the CCTV cameras are not adequate enough to search for the van. Please tell all your kiddies to be very careful where ever they are. Please share.”

Jemma told The Lincolnite people in the area have been on the lookout for the red van: “I was heartbroken to see my son so frightened. It’s been an awful experience, which I do not want to go through again.”

Police are understood to be investigating and have called for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.

NK School issued the following warning on social media: “We have spoken to Hykeham police regarding a concern that has been raised by a member of the public regarding an incident in the One NK car park outside of school hours.

“We have been informed that the incident involved a child who does not attend the school being approached by somebody in a red van who attempted to encourage them to enter the vehicle.

“We would encourage all parents/carers and students of the school to remain vigilant, exercise caution and report any concerns they may have to the police. We have also been assured that police will be patrolling the area until all schools break up for the summer.”