Police are appealing for information after a child was approached by a stranger at Austinmer last Friday.
The nine year old boy was walking along Allen street when a white van with a metallic stripe pulled up and the driver spoke to him.
The boy ran to his father, who alerted police.
The man is described as aged between 50 and 60, with grey hair and a long grey beard. He was wearing a baseball cap.
Anyone who saw anything that can help with enquiries has been asked to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000