On Wednesday, 21 January, Surrey Police was made aware of a suspicious incident which is said to have occurred outside of Leatherhead Leisure Centre earlier that week.
Two schoolgirls reported being approached by a man in a car which was parked outside of the complex at around 8pm on Monday, 19 January.
Following this allegation a detective from East Surrey CID investigated the incident, working with staff from the leisure centre and the parents of those involved. During the investigation, which included viewing of CCTV, it transpired that no criminal offence had taken place and the events were not as originally reported.
Mole Valley Neighbourhood Sergeant John Pearson, said: “No doubt this incident caused concern in the local area but I would like to reassure the public that we carried out a thorough investigation into the claims and can confirm that no criminal offence occurred.
“Surrey Police will always take allegations of this nature extremely seriously and will investigate fully any reports which indicate that the children in our community could be at risk, however we do not now believe any child was in danger.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to ask those who have an influence in our community, such as on social media or circulating group messages to double check with police before they report on such events. This will prevent unnecessary speculation and concern in the area which can have an adverse effect when we do need to raise the alarm.”