Lancashire Police are aware of rumours circulating on social media about an incident in Chorley.
We can confirm we received a report that a man approached two girls ages 11 and 12 at around 7pm Thursday 17 January, on Moor Road, close to the Co-op, before grabbing one, punching her to the face and making off with her school bag.
We understand that people will be alarmed and we would like to reassure members of the public that we take all reports of this nature seriously, and it is being investigated thoroughly.
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