Police warn of a man following Phoenix students

Police are spreading this information in the community to "enhance overall safety and awareness"

Police are warning Campbell Riverites of two separate reports of an unknown man following Phoenix middle school students in the last week.

According to a news release, one student was followed after school on Friday by a Caucasian man with red hair and a red beard. At the time, the man was wearing a red and white plaid jacket and was driving a white and blue van with a ladder on the rear.

Then on Monday, a student reported being followed after school by a man who was over six feet tall, with a thin build and red hair. He was described as being between 20- and 30-years-old, and was wearing a toque and a blue jacket with red bands.

“Although there was no physical attempt to stop or impede the students, both felt that the suspect was following them with some purpose,” said RCMP Sgt. Craig Massey in a news release.

Massey said police are spreading this information in the community to “enhance overall safety and awareness.”

Police encourage parents “to speak with their children about being aware of their surroundings and taking personal safety precautions throughout their day.”

Anyone with information on the incidents or the description of the man is asked to contact the Campbell River RCMP.