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Abduction attempt: Police statement

The offender was white, over 6ft tall and of stocky build. He had short dark hair and was wearing a white Nike t-shirt with a small blue tick on it and black jogging bottoms or jeans.

Investigating officer Det Sgt Mark Stalder from Oxford Force CID said: “At the moment we would like to talk to anyone who saw this happening and we urge the man involved to come forward to police.

“If anyone saw anyone acting suspiciously yesterday morning, please do get in touch.

“Incidents like this are incredibly rare and I want to reassure the community we are doing everything to catch this offender.”

Anyone with information can contact Det Sgt Stalder on 101.

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Man tries to abduct boy

Police are hunting a man who tried a young boy in Oxford.

The incident happened at around 11.45am on Saturday when a young boy was playing outside in Overbrook Gardens in Blackbird Leys, Oxford.

His mother, who was inside at the time, heard the boy talking to a man outside.

But when her partner went outside and found the young boy was no longer in front of the property.

He ran down the street and saw the boy with the man at the junction with Three Corners Road.

He shouted at the man who ran off towards Grenoble Road.

Police investigating attempted abduction of 12 year old

Police in Southampton are investigating after a 12-year-old girl claimed a man in a van had tried to force her into his vehicle

She told police she was walking along Cuckmere Lane between Redbridge Towers and Redbridge Community School at around 8.25am when a man in a white van pulled up and tried to grab her. She managed to get away and officers were alerted.

Police have been carrying out house to house enquiries in the area and are appealing for witnesses who may have seen what happened.

Anyone with information should call Shirley CID on 101.

We are investigating the incident and trying to establish exactly what happened. There have been no other reports about the van and we believe this was an isolated incident though we’d advise parents and their children to stay alert and report anything suspicious to us. We are treating the incident seriously and a number of officers are working on the case. We are currently speaking with the girl further and trying to trace the van.

– Detective Sergeant Keith McKay

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