Police have encouraged a teenage boy who found safety in a Gravesend supermarket after fleeing an attempted robbery to come forward. 

Officers were made aware of a boy who appeared to be running from a man pursuing him on a bicycle on New Road at around 8.10pm on Thursday, February 17.

It is believed the man attempted to rob him.

The boy ran into a supermarket, where he received assistance from shop staff. He has not yet come forward to police.

He has not yet been identified and is described as being around 13, or 14-years-old.

He was wearing a dark coloured coat, with a light brown fur lined hood at the time.

Police Constable Emma Laimbeer, from the Chief Constable’s Crime Squad, said: "The teenager we’re appealing to locate has done absolutely nothing wrong but we would really like to identify him so we can provide him with support and make sure he is ok.

"If he, or anyone with information that can help us find him, is reading this then I would encourage them to call us on 01474 366149 quoting case reference 46/XY/1442/21.

"You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."