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Appeal following two attempted abductions - Wigan
Thursday 23rd March, 2006

Police in Wigan are appealing for information and warning parents and children to be on their guard following two attempted abductions at Woodfield County Primary School on Wigan Lane.

The first incident occurred at approximately 2.30pm on Tuesday 21 March 2006 when a man got out of a car and approached a group of girls who were playing in the school grounds. He was on the other side of the fence but tried to entice one of the group into his car. The girls then all ran away and told a teacher at the school.

The second incident occurred shortly after 11.00am on Wednesday 22 March 2006 when the same man approached the same girl. Again, she ran away and reported the incident to a teacher.

The car is described as silver with a soft top.

The man is described as white, in his 20s or 30s, quite tall and of medium build. He is described as having brown hair and dark eyebrows and was wearing a dark-coloured hooded top, which had either two horizontal stripes or nike logo on the back.

Detective Inspector Chris WOOD of Leigh CID said: "I do not want to cause undue concern to parents of children in the Wigan area, but I do want to make sure that people are aware that we have received these reports which we are taking extremely seriously.

"Thankfully, in these two cases, the girl involved has done the right thing by running away from the man and telling her teacher. I would urge all parents to make sure their children know not to get into cars with strangers and to tell a teacher immediately should anybody approach them in this way."

Officers believe these incidents may be linked to a report of an attempted abduction in Lancashire on Sunday.

Anybody with any information about these incidents is asked to contact Wigan and Leigh CID 0161 856 7252 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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