Three schoolgirls were approached by two men on Monday evening.
Two men have been arrested in Bradford, on suspicion of the attempted kidnap of three schoolgirls in Knaresborough.
North Yorkshire Police say the children were approached by the men - who were driving a silver van - on Monday evening on Half Crown Way
The girls, aged between 10 and 12-years-old, were left shaken but were not hurt during the incident and managed to leave the scene and sought help from a local resident who contacted police.
Detective Sergeant Paul Schofield who is investigating, said: “I understand news of this incident will send shockwaves through the local community, but I hope the quick arrests of two men will go some way to reassure that we are treating this incident seriously, and we will carry out a thorough investigation into the incident.
“I would like to praise the girls for their quick thinking which not only got them away from the scene but also provided officers with information vital to this investigation.
“I would also like to thank the local residents who came to the aid of the girls following the incident and contacted police.”
The 19-year-old man and 46-year-old arrested remain in police custody.