Attempted child abduction near Prebbleton

CAROLINE KING
Last updated 13:18 08/11/2012

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A male attempted to abduct a young boy near Prebbleton yesterday, police say.

They are appealing for sightings of a red car in the Prebbleton area after the alleged abduction attempt.

The boy, of primary-school age, was walking in Elmwood Dr about 5pm when he was grabbed from behind.

Detective Sergeant Craig Farrrant said it appeared the alleged offender attempted to drag the boy towards a waiting vehicle.

"We understand the boy has managed to grab a stick and fight back, and managed to break free and run to his home nearby,'' he said.

"The alleged offender is reported to have run off."

The boy was not injured in the incident.

Farrrant said the alleged offender, a male possibly in his teens, may be linked to a red four-door, sports-type vehicle.

"We are anxious to hear of any sightings of vehicles or activity in the area around Elmwood Dr and Prebbleton School late yesterday afternoon," he said.

"At this stage this appears to be a one-off incident and we do not believe there is any cause for residents to be concerned.

"However, we also urge residents to continue to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police."

Anyone with information can call Farrant on 363 7400 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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