26 Sep Witness appeal after attempted abduction of two girls in Bolton | UK News
Police have appealed for witnesses after a man attempted to abduct two young girls.
The “incredibly concerning” incidents in Bolton, Greater Manchester, happened on different days earlier this week.
On Wednesday, a man tried to persuade a 10-year-old girl to get into the van he was driving on Broadford Road at 3.20pm.
On Thursday, a nine-year-old girl was approached by the same man at around 3.30pm in the town’s Armadale Road.
Both girls ran away raised the alarm.
The man is described as Asian, with a bald head and facial hair, and was wearing a high-vis jacket and black trousers.
Patrols in the area have been increased in a bid to find the suspect.
Detective Sergeant Robert Parker said: “These are two incredibly concerning incidents, and thankfully, in both cases, neither of the children were persuaded to go with this man.
“I would like to reassure the community that we are doing everything we can to find this man and have increased patrols in the area whilst we investigate these incidents. If you have any concerns at all please do speak to our officers.
“We are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed either of these incidents or seen a man who fits this description driving a white van in the area.
“If you have seen anything suspicious at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch with police as a matter of urgency.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5757, quoting incident number 740 of 24/09/2020. Reports can be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.