The boy was approached as he cycled home on Millfield Lane between 3.15pm and 3.30pm on Friday January 24.
The man, who officers believe was driving a dark green Vauxhall car, spoke to the boy and asked for directions before getting hold of the boy’s arm. The boy was not physically harmed but was said to be “very upset” by the incident.
It is known that there were a number of pedestrians and cyclists who went past the boy and the car as he was talking to the man. Officers are appealing for these people to come forward.
Anyone who was using the cycle path and footpath on Millfield Lane between 3.15pm and 3.30pm on Friday, is urged to contact the police. In particular, anyone who recalls seeing a dark green car or a schoolboy speaking to a man in a dark green car. Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.
A spokesman said: “The boy did the right thing by telling his mother as soon as he arrived home, who then alerted the police. If a stranger tries to touch you, tell them no, get home or to a safe place as quickly as you can and tell your parents, carer or someone you trust straight away.”