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Man tries to abduct girl, 9, in Cumbria

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for information after a man tried to abduct a 9-year-old girl in a small Cumbrian village.

On Wednesday 20 January, between 4:45pm and 5pm, he approached the girl, who was playing outside her home address in Great Broughton.

The man engaged in a brief conversation with her, before grabbing hold of her hand and trying to pull her away.

He was, however, disturbed, and left the scene in a Blue van.

He is described as in his 50s, with short brown hair, wearing a black leather jacket and blue denim jeans.

We have a team of trained detectives working on this case to try and trace the offender responsible. I would urge anyone who was walking or driving in the area at the time to contact Cumbria Police if they witnessed anything suspicious and provide us with any information that may assist with our investigation.

We want to reassure the public that incidents of this nature are extremely rare in Cumbria. The 9 year old girl and her family are being supported by specially trained officers during our investigation.”

– Detective Sergeant Mark Cox