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Police investigation after attempted abduction of girl, 10

The incident is alleged to have happened in Wrexham Credit: PA

Police are investigating after an alleged attempted abduction.

It happened at around 5pm yesterday in a field opposite Acrefair County Primary School.

A 10-year-old girl was approached by a man from behind. He is believed to have placed one hand around her mouth and one hand around her waist.

The girl managed to break free unhurt and ran home to report the incident.

The man, who ran off in the opposite direction, is described as wearing black clothes and black gloves. DCI Neil Harrison said;

The incident happened alongside a busy main road. We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen this man or may have seen anything suspicious to contact police on 101.

I would like to reassure residents that we carrying out a thorough investigation and have deployed extra high visibility patrols in the area.

– DCI Neil Harrison, North Wales Police


Pontcysyllte Aqueduct event cancelled as mark of respect

A planned illumination of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct has been cancelled following the death of a 12-year-old boy last night.

File photograph of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct lit in an array of colours. Credit: Bob Collier/PA Wire

The Society of Light and Lighting, which was due to stage the event tonight, and the Canal & River Trust, who care for the aqueduct, said they had taken the decision as a mark of respect.

Pontcysyllte death: Boy, 12, 'fell whilst on rope swing'

More details have emerged after a child was pulled from water in Pontcysyllte last night.

Police say the 12-year-old local boy is believed to have fallen whilst on a rope swing.

They are not treating the death as suspicious.

File photograph of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Credit: British Waterways/PA Archive/PA Images

This is a terribly sad incident and our thoughts are with the boy’s family and friends.

Although the death is not being treated as suspicious, North Wales Police are investigating and enquiries will continue on behalf of the Coroner. Trained family liaison officers are providing support to the family.

We ask that the press and media respect the privacy of the boy’s family at this extremely sad time.

– Detective Chief Inspector Neil Harrison


Child dies after being pulled from river

A child has died after an incident in the river Dee in North Wales.

It happened at Pontcysyllte near Wrexham at around five o'clock this evening.

An air ambulance helicopter, police, fire and other ambulance services were at the scene.

Sadly a child was pronounced dead at the scene and the next of kin have been informed. There are no more details available at present.

– North Wales Police spokesperson

Wrexham Councillor Pat Jeffares, who lives close to the scene of the tragedy in the river Dee described him as a 'lovely lad'.

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