An investigation into reports that a man had “grabbed” a primary school pupil by their hands before running away has revealed it was an “innocent mistake.”

A letter was sent to parents at Captain Cook Primary School in Marton , Middlesbrough, on Thursday night urging them to warn their kids about “stranger danger” following the apparent incident.

The letter, sent by headteacher Amy Young, described how a man “grabbed” the hands of one of the school’s children, adding: “The pupil screamed, and the man has run away.”

But a further letter on Friday has revealed that “the police are satisfied that this has been an innocent mistake by the gentleman involved, thinking the child was in trouble.”

It adds: “I hope that this reassures you that there was no malicious intent.

“We are still going to speak to the children today about ‘stranger danger’ as our pupils’ safety is of course our prime concern.

“If you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.”

A Cleveland Police spokesperson said: “Police received a report of an attempted abduction on Stokesley Road at around 3.40pm yesterday, Thursday 11th October.

“Officers have spoken to a man and established that no criminal offence had occurred. No further action will be taken.”

The original story echoed a frightening episode almost a fortnight ago , when a man is said to have tried to entice a child into a car, near Green Lane Primary School, in Acklam.

The school is understood to have sent an email to parents after being made aware of the incident.

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