Two school children have reported being approached by a man claiming to be ‘the killer of Rishton’.
The Norden High School pupils were walking home from school along Spring Street in Rishton when they were approached by the man.
Hazel Robinson, whose son and another boy were involved in the incident, said the man ‘picked up’ one of the children before putting him back down again.
He is then claimed to have told them ‘do you know who I am? I’m known as the killer of Rishton because I cut people up’ before leaving the area.
Mum-of-three Hazel said she was ‘very shocked and scared’ after being told about the incident when she returned home.
She said: “There’s usually a group of six of them walking home together but four of them had gone to the shop and my son and the other boy were walking slowly together near the shop on Spring Street.”
She said the man approached the other boy and said he knew his name.
“He told them that they looked a bit too young to be going to high school and asked them both their ages and where they lived.
“My son told him a totally different street and was examining him and trying not to make eye contact with him.
“He said to them ‘do you know who I am? I’m known as the killer of Rishton because I cut people up’.
“I think he said that just to try and frighten them.
“The whole thing last four or five minutes.
“They are both quite shaken up.
“We both have younger children as well and they are scared and shaken up too.”
Lancashire Police said the incident was reported to them at 3.55pm on Wednesday, November 12 and enquiries are ongoing to find the man.
A spokesperson said: “We were called to reports that school pupils had been approached by a man.
“We have looked into it but we couldn’t find any trace of the man and no actual offences were disclosed.
“We are looking into it.”
The man is described as in his 40s, around 5ft 4ins tall with dark brown hair and wearing a dark brown jacket and jeans.
Anyone with information call police on 101 quoting log number 916 of November 11.