A boy who was chased by an aggressive stranger after refusing to get into his van has been left shaken up.

The 11-year-old Charles Darwin pupil was walking home from school on Monday (November 26) when he was allegedly targeted in Hillcrest Road at around 4pm.

His mum told News Shopper: "He decided to walk home because his bus wasn't going to be for a while.

"A white van pulled in front of him and a man shouted to ‘get in now’.

"My son ran and the man chased him down stairs which led onto another road. Eventually the chaser gave up before he ran home."

The mum, who didn't want her or her son to be identified, said it was the "worst nightmare" for a parent and she dreaded to think what the man's intentions were.

She said her son was "shaken up" but was brave enough to return to school today.

His parents, who were both at work at the time, are meeting police tonight and are now looking at ways to prevent this happening again.

"It is terrifying to think what could have happened," his mum said.

"He should have some freedom at his age, but never mind. We are now thinking of what we can do for the future."

News Shopper has contacted the police and Charles Darwin School for comment.

According to the mum, the man was of medium build, podgy in his face, with olive skin and dark hair and blue eyes.