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Artist’s impressions released following attempted abduction of schoolgirl

November 19, 2014, 7:57 pm

Two artists sketches have been released by police in a bid to trace a man in connection with an attempted abduction of a Shirley schoolgirl a fortnight ago.

The girl has worked with specialist officers to help an illustrator produce the hand drawn images of the suspect and also a hand with a distinctive mark across it.

The attempted abduction was reported at 8am on 6 November by the father of a 12-year-old girl after she had been approached by a man in a car in Clinton Road, Shirley as she was on her way to school at 7.45am. The man grabbed the girls hand but she managed to get free and then forced the drivers door back on him before running away.

She immediately reported the incident to her parents who called police and officers were able to immediately circulate a description of the car.

A 61-year-old man was arrested during the same morning, but was subsequently released from custody without charge.

Investigating the matter is Detective Sergeant Stu Grundy from the forces Public Protection Unit. He said: “The girl was able to get a very good description of the man as well as noting that he smelt of alcohol.

“She has also been able to tell us about the silver car he was driving and that she saw a number of empty Carling cans which were discarded in the drivers foot well of the car.

“The sketches of the man and the hand are quite distinctive; we would ask anyone who recognises who this person is to call us with the information.”

The man is described as white, approximately 60 years old, tall (as the car seat was pushed far back), he had side burns and brown/grey hair but was fairly bald at the front with possible facial stubble. He was also wearing a black leather jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to call local police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police continue to urge youngsters to observe the following personal safety advice:

– Never go off on your own with a stranger, take things from them or get in a car with them.
– Make sure you tell your parents where you are.
– If someone scares you, or makes you feel uncomfortable go somewhere safe, which could be your home, your school or a police station.
– Remember to tell someone what has happened straight away.
– Always dial 999 in an emergency.

Anyone with information is asked to call local police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on0800 555 111.

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