Warn­ing af­ter ab­duc­tion bids

Ormskirk Advertiser - - News - BY AN­DREW BROWN an­drew.brownNW@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @visan­drew­brown

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.

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