Mum Rechelle Haigh released footage of the mystery man approaching her daughters Sadè, eight, and Ameya, two, and stepdaughter Roxie, six, as they played in their garden.
CCTV shows the driver pulling up outside their family home and winding down the window before apparently shouting “come get some doughnuts”, The Sun reports.
Not recognising the man, Sadè grabbed Roxie and rushed her inside to alert her mum before returning to pick up Ameya. Ms Haigh, 26, said she stormed out to confront the driver who quickly sped off.
The mum has issued a warning to other parents about stranger danger following the terrifying incident in Partington, Manchester on Saturday afternoon.
“They were playing outside on the trampoline and I heard a screech, and it was him doing an emergency stop,” she told The Sun.
CCTV footage shows the driver pulling up outside the home. Picture: Facebook/Rechelle Marcia HaighSource:Supplied
“I was sat on my couch and I could hear him shouting ‘Come on, quick girls, come get some doughnuts’. My daughter ran in saying ‘Mum, mum, quick’. I thought it’s probably the neighbours being nice. ‘No mum, no really, come on mum’. She grabbed her sister and stepsister and brought them in.
“When I approached the man he looked petrified. I asked him what he wanted and he said ‘Oh, oh, oh, I was just offering the girls some doughnuts’.”
Ms Haigh fears the driver would have grabbed her daughters if they had approached him.
The three children were playing in the yard when the van driver pulled up. Picture: Facebook/Rechelle Marcia HaighSource:Supplied
The car sales boss praised her eldest daughter for stepping in.
She said: “I’m thankful I have a very wise daughter. She was very fast. I’ve always told her about stranger danger but I never thought we would have to use it. You could see Ameya heading (towards the van). If she would have got off that trampoline then God knows what.
“In a way I’m glad it happened because I can share this with my kids and other kids and they’re very aware. I just want to get the message out there to other parents.”
Ms Haigh has reported the incident to police. The Sun has contacted Greater Manchester Police for comment.
Rechelle Haigh (right) shared the CCTV on her Facebook page. Picture: Facebook/Rechelle Marcia HaighSource:Supplied
This story originally appeared in The Sun and has been republished here with permission.