A MAN reportedly approached a boy in Colliers Wood yesterday morning and “tried to drag him into a car".

Police were called after the child, thought to be in Year 5, reported that he was approached in Colwood Gardens at around 8.20 am on November 4.

It is believed that the child was making his way to Singlegate Primary School when the man “asked for his name.”

A passer-by reportedly intervened after she saw the man "grab the child from the back of his neck."

Parents at Singlegate Primary School reported that the passer-by "pushed the man away" from the child and escorted the child to school. 

The man, who was thought to be hiding between two parked cars, was described to be "black and wearing a face mask".

Met Police have confirmed that they are “looking into the circumstances” of the incident.

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A parent, who has asked to remain anonymous, said: "All the parents are absolutely distraught.

"We were on edge after what happened to that poor girl in Mitcham and then this happens.

"Its a friendly community school where everyone knows everyone so we are all really upset and angry."

A spokesperson for Met Police said: "Police were called at 9.24 am on November 4, following reports that a child had been approached by a man in Colwood Gardens, about an hour earlier.

"Officers have spoken with the child and a family member and are looking into the circumstances of the incident. No injuries were reported."