Police this afternoon have confirmed that there has been an incident of a man attacking two girls, aged 11 and 12, in Chorley.
Following a whirlwind of rumours on social media, police have moved to reassure the public that reports of two young girls being attacked are currently being investigated.
According to the reports, the two girls were approached by a man who had punched one of them in the face and grabbed her bag before making off with it.
Police have assured the public that, ‘Both girls are now being supported by specially trained detectives and we have increased uniformed patrols in the area.’
DI Steve Monk of Lancashire Police said, ‘We would urge members of the public to be vigilant, as always, but at this point the intention behind this incident is unclear.
‘We are still in the very early stages of our investigation.
‘We would ask anybody with information about the incident, or who was in the area at the time and saw anything that appeared unusual, to get in touch, and we would also urge any motorists who were in the area at the time who may have dashcam footage to contact us.’
Anybody with information should call 101 quoting log number 1169 of January 17 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.