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Detectives are trying to trace two motorists who may have seen an attempted abduction in Emsworth, Hampshire.

Police seek witnesses to Emsworth kidnap attempt

Detectives are appealing for two people who may have witnessed two attempted abductions in Havant in Hampshire to come forward. A man was seen approaching children on two separate occasions earlier this week.

The first incident happened in Leigh Park at 1.50pm on Tuesday 18th December - a 12-year-old girl was grabbed from behind in 'yellow brick road' which runs between Purbrook Way and Middle Park Way.

The second was at around 8.30am on Wednesday 19th December - a man tried to grab an 11-year-old boy in Southfield Road in Emsworth. Police say two motorists may have witnessed the incident.

“We are in regular contact with both children and their families to offer reassurance and support while establishing as many details as possible about the circumstances.

“Despite their distressing experiences of this week, both children have shown courage and composure in helping the police to develop new leads.

“The 11-year-old boy has been able to provide more details about two vehicles whose motorists sounded their horns at him when he ran into traffic away from his attempted abductor in Southleigh Road.

“We are appealing directly for the drivers of a gold-coloured Mini-style car or similar model, and a blue Vauxhall, to come forward and speak with the police about what they saw. The boy remembers the descriptions of these cars in Southleigh Road at around 8.30am on Wednesday, December 19.”

– Detective Inspector Jeff Huggett, Waterlooville CID, Hampshire Police