Police from Ballina are appealing for information about a man who approached a teenage girl walking home from school earlier this week.

The 17-year-old girl told police she was walking home from school along River Street, near Kerr Street, about 3.10pm on Monday when a man got out of his car and offered to take her for a drive.

She declined but the man persisted until she walked into a nearby house and waited till the man drove away.

The girl continued walking home but was again approached by the man. She again refused to get in his car and she then walked to her own home.

The incident was reported to police last night and an investigation initiated.

Police are keen to speak with a man they believe may be able to assist with their inquiries.

He’s described as being aged in his 40s, of Caucasian appearance, of medium height and a solid build, with short black hair; he was clean-shaven and was wearing glasses. At the time he was wearing a jacket and long pants. He was driving a small grey four-door sedan.

Schools within the area have been informed of the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Ballina Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.