Police appeal following attempted abduction in Leyland

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Detectives are investigating the attempted abduction of a teenager between Leyland and Lostock Hall yesterday (September 28).

The 15-year-old girl was walking to school along Croston Road at about 8.25am when she was approached by a man driving a dark coloured four door car.

The man wound down the passenger window and spoke to the girl, offering her a lift to school.

She refused and walked on but the car turned and again approached her. The man this time wound down the driver’s window and again said he would take her to school.

When she again refused the man stopped the car and ran up to the girl and grabbed her by her right arm.

She managed to push him off and ran into an alleyway where she hid for a few minutes before making her way to school where she reported the incident.

She was left shaken but unhurt.

The offender was described as a white man, aged in his late 40s or early 50s, five ft 10ins tall with a local accent. He was skinny with broad shoulders and straight, greasy, black hair down past his ears with a wave or curl at the front.

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

e was also wearing grey woollen gloves.

Det Insp John Entwisle, of Leyland Police, said: “Fortunately things like this don’t happen every day, but this must have been extremely frightening for this girl and we are treating the incident very seriously.

“I would appeal for anyone who has any information or who recognises the description of the man to get in touch with us.

“We will have a number of officers in the area today and I would encourage people to go and speak to them if they think they can help.”

Anyone with information should call Leyland CID on 01772 415486 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.