20th Feb, 2019

Alleged attempted abduction of girl, 10, on Coventry street leads to arrest

AN alleged attempted abduction of a 10-year-old girl in Coventry has led to a man being arrested.

Police investigating the alleged incident in the Radford area yesterday afternoon, have arrested a 22-year-old man.

Officers were called to Poole Road at 4.15pm (Sunday September 24) after reports the ten-year-old girl had been approached by a man driving a car.

“The man, driving a blue Peugeot, pulled up alongside the child as she walked with her bike along the road and tried to force her into the car,” says a police statement.

It adds: “A member of the public managed to intervene and the man drove off.

“Police searched the area and officers arrested a 22-year-old man later that afternoon on suspicion of attempted kidnap, he is currently helping with enquiries.”

Detective Inspector Stuart Bell said: “I would like to reassure the local community that investigations into the incident are currently on-going, but I would like to commend the quick-thinking actions of members of the public who were in the area and who saw what was happening yesterday and made sure the young child was safe.

“I would like to hear from anyone who has information and who hasn’t yet spoken to police yet to contact my officers on 101.”

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