A man in a car asked a child to go on a 'Pokémon hunt' with him while out walking his dog in Bolton.

Several schools have since issued a stark warning about the incident, which happened in Horwich on Wednesday evening (September 16).

According to an email sent out by St Joseph's RC High School, the pupil was approached by the man on Fearnhead Avenue.

The stranger, described as a "young adult male", asked the child if they wanted to get in his car with him.

The pupil declined before running home and the green car sped away.

The email, sent out by assistant head teacher Mr Singleton, reads: “Last night a pupil at St Joseph's was approached by a young adult male in a car in Horwich whilst walking their dog and asked if they wanted to get in the car with him. 

“The pupil declined and ran home and the car sped off. Please make your children aware of the dangers that strangers can pose and to immediately alert a parent / school if this was to occur. 

“The police were notified by parents and the school has notified other local schools.”

Another email issued by Debbie Mills, headteacher of Horwich Parish Primary School, said the man asked the pupil to go on a 'Pokémon hunt'.

"I just wanted to alert you that we have received notification of an incident in Horwich last night," the email starts.

"A pupil at another school was approached by a young male in a car, whilst out walking his dog. The stranger asked the pupil to get in his car and go on a Pokéman hunt with him. Fortunately the pupil declined, ran home and the car sped off.

"Please could you remind your child/children about speaking to strangers. We have reminded the children in school today too.

"Please do not be alarmed by this information, this message is sent in the interests of helping to keep our children safe."

Greater Manchester Police has been contacted for comment.