Police are investigating reports of a suspicious incident involving a man and a child in north Staffordshire.
Officers were dispatched to the Hardingswood Road area of Kidsgrove this afternoon following sightings of a man and child in the area at 4.15pm.
A child’s bike was found near a canal towpath however it is believed this has been at the location for several days.
Initial inquiries have revealed there is nothing to suggest anything untoward has occurred and officers confirmed no reports of missing children in Staffordshire have been filed today.
A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said: “Officers are keeping an open mind and are keen to ascertain the identity of anyone who was in the area and who may fit the investigation in order to help their inquiries.
“We are urging members of the public to avoid any further speculation on social media. If anyone has any information please contact officers in 101 quoting incident 470 of April 15.”