Police appeal after second abduction attempt

Police appeal
Police appeal

POLICE are hunting a man who tried to kidnap an eleven-year-old girl.

The girl was standing at a bus stop last Wednesday at around 7.30am on School Lane in Skelmersdale when she was approached by a man.

This is a very concerning incident and the victim is understandably very shaken by her ordeal

DC Karen Harrison

He asked for her name and address and when she refused, he allegedly grabbed her arm and tried to pull her with him. The girl pulled her arm free as the bus arrived and the man fled.

The incident bears certain similarities with a recent incident in Wigan the evening before at 9.20pm when a man grabbed a girl at a bus stop on Kendal Road, Ince, and she fought him off, but the descriptions of the perpetrators are different.

Of the Skelmersdale incident Det Con Karen Harrison said: “This is a very concerning incident and the victim is understandably very shaken by her ordeal.

“While incidents of this nature are rare, we are taking it very seriously and have increased patrols in the area. We also have a team of detectives working on the inquiry and are obviously keen to identify the male.

“I would urge anyone with information to contact police immediately.”

The male is described as tanned, aged between 30 to 40 with dark brown hair down to his ears which was swept over his head. He also had light brown stubble around his face but not around the top of his mouth.

He was wearing a dark coloured jacket, blue jeans and black trainers, as well as a silver ring on his left index finger.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting incident reference 0281 of December 2. or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

The suspect in the Ince incident was said to have light brown skin, was in his 20s or 30s, of skinny build, had black hair that was shaved at the back and sides but with a fringe on top, had dark eyebrows, thin face, spoke with an eastern European accent. He drove a small blue car with a noisy exhaust and rear spoiler.

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