GIRL DRAGGED FROM HER BIKE

‘ It is a timely re­minder for all of us to en­sure that our chil­dren travel on safe routes and that they travel in pairs or groups’

The Riverine Herald - - FRONT PAGE - By Ivy Wise

A TEENAGE boy has been ar­rested af­ter a chill­ing at­tempted ab­duc­tion in Echuca early yes­ter­day.

Cam­paspe Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit de­tec­tives ar­rested the 17-year-old af­ter a young girl was pulled off her bike and dragged down an em­bank­ment at Cam­paspe Es­planade walk­ing track just be­fore 8.30am.

The vic­tim man­aged to get away from the boy and police were no­ti­fied of the in­ci­dent.

Eye­wit­nesses told the River­ine Her­ald some golfers on the Back Nine course heard the screams and ran to­wards the track.

‘‘The bloke took off and some­one went af­ter him,’’ the man said.

‘‘It was all pretty chaotic and un­real.

‘‘You don’t ex­pect to see this sort of thing at any time, let alone in broad daylight in Echuca.

‘‘Peo­ple were try­ing to help, some­one called police and I am not sure how it un­folded af­ter that.’’

By 4.30pm yes­ter­day, police were still in­ter­view­ing the teen and it was un­known if he had been charged.

Police are re­fus­ing to com­ment fur­ther on the in­ci­dent, apart from say­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing.

The at­tack has caused alarm in the com­mu­nity, with St Mary’s Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Bren­dan At­ley warn­ing par­ents in yes­ter­day’s news­let­ter to be vig­i­lant af­ter be­ing ‘‘in­formed of an in­ci­dent where a sec­ondary stu­dent was pulled from her bike’’.

‘‘I be­lieve the young girl is OK but no doubt fright­ened and trau­ma­tised by such a dis­tress­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ he wrote.

‘‘It is a timely re­minder for all of us to en­sure that our chil­dren travel on safe routes and that they travel in pairs or groups.

‘‘I ask that sib­lings travel to­gether and not race ahead of the younger ones when trav­el­ling to and from school.

‘‘Talk to your chil­dren about stranger dan­ger and the safest way to travel.’’

Within three hours of the River­ine Her­ald post­ing news of the at­tack it had reached more than 16,000 peo­ple.

It was shared more than 100 times and re­ceived more than 200 com­ments.

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