Police investigating 'attempted child abduction' in Dewsbury town centre

Police investigating 'attempted child abduction' in Dewsbury town centre
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POLICE are continuing to investigate reports that a masked man tried to kidnap a young boy while his mother walked him to school in Dewsbury.

The mum was walking her six-year-old son and his younger brother to Eastborough Junior, Infant and Nursery School at around 8.45am on Friday morning when a man allegedly approached them at the bottom of Crackenedge Lane, near to its junction with Battye Street.

The man, who was wearing a balaclava or face covering, reportedly took hold of the boy's hand and tried to drag him away before the mum challenged him and he ran off.

She managed to get the children to school and alerted teachers, who sent out warnings to other parents.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: "It was reported to police that a male approached the child, was challenged by the parent and then ran off.

"A man officers want to speak to in connection with the incident was described by reporting persons as wearing all black clothing and a black bandana on his face. He was of slim build and quite tall."

Chief inspector Alan Travis, of Kirklees District, said: "We are investigating the circumstances of this report and would like to speak to anyone who was present on Crackenedge Lane at the time of the alleged incident who can help us determine the circumstances of what occurred there.

"Enquiries into the incident remain ongoing with an increased police presence in the area. Any witnesses are asked to call police on 101 quoting log 404 of Friday May 17."

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