Police are appealing for witnesses after a young boy was approached by a car full of men near Newcastle on Saturday afternoon.

The 11 year old was walking home on Prospero Street in Maryland at about 2:50 pm when a car pulled up and told him to get in, however the boy ignored the demand and ran home to raise the alarm.

The vehicle was described as a white Holden Barina with red P-Plates. The men were described as Caucasian and around the 20 years old.

Any witnesses are urged to contact Crime Stopper 1800 333 000.