POLICE have issued a warning to residents in Bury after a man was spotted allegedly handing out sweets to children on Halloween night.

In the days following October 31, homeowners in Canterbury Drive and nearby area received letters from the police with information about the incidents.

The man allegedly drove around the area, approaching children and even beckoning them over to his car.

It is believed that he had a bag of sweets with him, which he handed out to children.

A resident who lives in the area with his children said that the man was talking to his children at one point, before leaving when approached.

The resident, who doesn't want to be named, said: "He was sitting in his car for a while and kept going up to kids. He came up to the fence and was chatting to my children, but walked off as soon as he saw me.

"I've told the police and they said that they would be looking into it. I don't know what the man's idea was but even if he just wanted to give out sweets, it's an awful idea to let kids think it is okay to accept things from strangers."

The letter sent to residents, titled 'Appeal for Information' says that officers are currently investigating the reports.

It reads: "We are in the process of conducting enquiries in relation to suspicious activity by a gentleman driving what is believed to be a white Nissan Qashqai on October 31.

"From information received, this male has approached a number of young children on Canterbury Drive between 16.30 and 17.00. This male has been offering young children sweets and as far as we are aware, there has been no enticement of children into the vehicle."

The letter states that officers are struggling to identify the man, as they have no confirmed registration number, and urge witnesses with information to come forward.

Anyone with CCTV footage covering the area at the time of the incident has been asked to contact the police.

You can contact the police on 0161 856 8181, or by emailing BuryNorth@gmp.police.uk and quoting log 1157 of 01/11/2020.