POLICE are investigating reports of a suspicious vehicle in a County Durham town.

Posts circulating on social media suggested that a grey vehicle was seen acting suspiciously in Durham Road, Spennymoor, on Monday afternoon.

Parents, in particular, have raised concerns that the occupants of the vehicle pose a threat to youngsters or people out alone but it is not thought that anyone was specifically approached.

Officers are aware of the rumours and a spokesperson for Durham police confirmed the force has received a report of a similar vehicle in the area.

Enquiries to establish the circumstances are said to be ongoing.

The Durham Constabulary spokesperson added: "The nature of the incident has still to be clarified but initial reports suggest that no attempt to speak to, follow or approach the reporting person was made.

"We would like to reassure residents that incidents of this nature are very rare in County Durham and Darlington."