Approach to young girl in Exmouth not being treated as attempted abduction

PUBLISHED: 16:19 02 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:39 03 May 2018




Police are no longer treating the incident, which took place in Exeter Road at around 9am on Wednesday (May 2), as an attempted child abduction.

Devon and Cornwall Police had launched an appeal for information on Wednesday relating to what was thought to be the attempted abduction of a child walking to school with her mother in Exeter Road.

According to officers, the girl had walked a short distance ahead of her mother and was then approached by a man, believed to be in his 30s, who tried to pull her towards a vehicle.

The man claimed he was trying to take girl back to her mother, police said.

Devon and Cornwall Police say that, following an investigation, they are satisfied there was ‘no risk’ to the child.

Detective sergeant Rob Poole said: “We can reassure the public that police have now confirmed that this incident is no longer being treated as an attempted child abduction.

“The matter has been fully investigated and we are confident there was no risk to the child as originally reported and the Police are not seeking anyone in relation to this matter.

“We have supported the young person throughout the day and are satisfied that at no time were they at risk of abduction.”

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