Warning about girl abduction suspect

Evofit of man
Evofit of man

Detectives investigating an attempted abduction near Leyland have urged people to be vigilant, warning the would-be attacker is still at large.

More than a week after the 15-year-old victim reported a man trying to tempt her into his car in Lostock Hall, officers are continuing to sift through evidence to identify the offender.

And today they have re-appealed for information about the incident, hoping it may throw up some fresh leads.

It is now believed the car involved in the incident could have been a blue Ford.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “This man is potentially still out there and we are asking people to be vigilant.

“We would strongly appeal to anyone in the area at that time, or people who use that route to work on a regular basis and have seen anything suspicious to come forward.”

Police say they are investigating a number of leads but need witnesses to come forward. Officers are still speaking with the victim and inquires around the vehicle are being carried out.

The incident happened as the teenager was walking towards school along Croston Road, Lostock Hall, at about 8.25am on Wednesday, September 28.

She was approached by a man driving what was initially described as a dark coloured four-door car.

She repeatedly refused his offer of a lift to school before he stopped his car, got out, ran up to the girl and grabbed her arm.

She fought off the attempt, ran off and hid in an alleyway until he had gone, before making her way to school where she reported the incident to teachers.

She was left shaken but unhurt by the ordeal.

Detectives released an Evofit image of a man matching his description. He is white, aged in his late 40s or early 50s, 5ft 10in tall with a local accent.

He was skinny with broad shoulders and straight, greasy, black hair down past his ears.

It also had a wave or curl at the front.

He was wearing a black jacket, zipped up halfway and a white top underneath.

He was also wearing grey woollen gloves.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 08451 253 545.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.