Warning after abduction bids
LANCASHIRE police officers are investigating reports of a second child kidnap attempt in a park in Skelmersdale over the past few days.
The first incident took place at around 6.20pm on Sunday, July 9, when a nine-year-old was playing on her bike on a field close to the Enstone estate when she was approached from behind by a man.
He grabbed her around the neck, but she managed to break free and run home, and her parents contacted the police.
The girl was said to be shaken, but unhurt.
The man is described as dressed in black, tall and thin with his face covered.
Detectives immediately launched an investigation, urging anyone with any information to come forward, and stepped up patrols in the area.
Reports have now emerged of a second child abduction attempt, this time at Banksbarn Park in Skelmersdale, on Saturday (July 15).
A girl was reportedly grabbed by the arm by a man who came out of the woods at Banksbarn Park.
The child screamed and friends heard and ran to help.
Her assailant is then said to have fled by car.
A Skelmersdale police spokesman said: “Our inquiries are still ongoing in relation to the incident on Banksbarn on Saturday (July 15). A team of detectives have been assigned and they will be interviewing the witnesses fully.
“Due to the age of the witnesses in this case they have to be interviewed by suitably trained officers, to ensure that best evidence is obtained.
“This is not something that can be rushed.
“CCTV was seized on Saturday afternoon and viewed in detail.
“Initial house to house inquiries were conducted in the immediate area on Saturday, but neighbourhood staff will be conducting more extensive house to house enquiries.
“Patrols are being stepped up in the area and we are still appealing for any witnesses.”
Detectives are now urging families in Skelmersdale to make sure they keep their children safe.
A Skelmersdale police spokesman said: “Officers would remind parents to always be aware of your child’s whereabouts and advise them to stay with friends and not to talk to strangers.”
Lancashire police have been approached for comment.
Anyone with information about the kidnap attempt on Sunday July 9 should contact police on 101 quoting log number 1322 of Sunday, July 9 or independent charity CrimestopA pers on 0800 555111.
Anyone with information about the kidnap attept on Saturday July 15 should contact Lancashire police via 101 or online via the website at http://socsi.in/Gb4dD and quote log number LC-20170715-0952.