Boys tell of stranger's approach

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to an incident in which two boys claimed they were approached by a stranger while riding scooters at Springfield.

The brothers aged 11 and 12 told police they were riding near Woodcrest College on Nev Smith Drive when a white four-wheel-drive, possibly a Mitsubishi Pajero, pulled up beside them.

Ipswich Child Protection and Investigation Unit Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Williams says the male driver asked the boys to get into the car.

Snr Sgt Williams says the man may have started to get out of the driver's seat when the boys decided to flee to the safety of a nearby house, where the incident was reported to police.

"At this stage it doesn't appear as though he was particularly threatening and neither of the boys was physically touched."

The vehicle is described as having a different coloured panel at the rear.

The man is described as being of African appearance and approximately 30-years-old.

At the time of the incident, which occurred at 5pm on Sunday, he was wearing a red and black flannelette shirt and a beanie.

Anyone with information that could assist police should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.