Police hunt failed child abductor

MARYKE PENMAN
Last updated 15:46 17/10/2012

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The mother of a five-year-old boy who escaped an attempted kidnapping in Greenhithe has called on police to track down the culprit.

Police say the boy was grabbed as he was walking home from school near the intersection of Greenhithe Rd and Tauhinu Rd at around 3.20pm on Monday October 15.

Detective Constable Hayden Walker, of the North Shore CIB,  said the boy was walking just metres behind his mother when someone, driving what has been described as a white ''ice cream truck'', got out of their vehicle to approach him. 

Walker said the boy struggled free and ran to his mother who later alerted police.

A caucasian male, said to be about 40-years-old and with dark curly hair is wanted in relation to the abduction attempt.

The man was described to police as walking with a distinct gait, possibly due to a disability.

 

Greenhithe School principal Peter Marshall said the boy was approached about 10 minutes walk from the school gates, but he was unsure whether he was a pupil at the school.

An email alerting parents had been sent out and Marshall was waiting on any updates from police.

"As far as I know nothing like this has ever happened here, it is a relatively free area. Fortunately the boy was able to get free," he said.

"Hopefully this will scare him away and we won't see him again."

Police are calling on anyone with information to call North Shore CIB on 477 5107 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

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