Investigation into attempted child abduction closed – without arrest being made | #childabductors

An investigation into a suspected attempted child abduction in Trafford has closed – without an arrest being named.

The terrifying incident is said to have taken place outside The Firs Primary School in Sale last Thursday (November 4).

It is thought a man approached a girl as she made her way home at around 4.30pm and tried to grab her, but she broke free and ran away.

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The man fled, driving in the direction of Coppice Avenue, police said.

Despite releasing an e-fit image of the man, and performing ‘meticulous CCTV checks’, detectives are closing their investigation without making an arrest.

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“We understand the concern that this incident caused in the local community and would like to thank members of the public who responded to our appeal and assisted with our enquiries,” DI Helen Bagnall, from Trafford CID, said.

“Whenever reports of this nature are brought to us, they are viewed with utmost seriousness and a thorough investigation is carried out with the aim of establishing the circumstances and bringing offenders to justice.

“Officers carried out a thorough investigation in this case and followed up a number of lines of enquiry, meticulous CCTV checks, and appeals for help from the public and the decision has been taken to close the investigation pending any further evidence or information being brought to our attention.”

In a letter to parents and carers, which has been seen by the Manchester Evening News, The Firs Primary School’s deputy headteacher Miss Taplin said the man ‘put his hand over’ the pupil’s mouth before trying to abduct her.

Her letter went on to advise parents to collect their children on darker evenings, or to walk home with a fan.

DI Bagnall also said extra patrols will continue in the area.

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“We continue to work with partners and local schools to offer reassurance and help keep children safe and extra patrols will be in the area. Anyone with concerns can speak to local officers,” she added.

“We will of course act on any new information which may come to light, and should anyone have any such information relevant to our investigation, I would urge them to come forward.”

The public can contact police on 0161 856 7673 quoting incident number 2224 of 04/11/2021.

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