Hunt stepped up over attempted child abductions

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Police have stepped up their patrols in their quest to find witnesses after two reported abduction attempts.

Assisted by the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team (HMET) and Operational Support Department, officers from the North and East Halifax neighbourhood policing team conducted an information seek at both Moor End Road, Pellon and Mixenden Road, Mixenden, last night.

It is a week since the attempted abductions took place and information seeks on the anniversary of alleged offences are normal practice and aim to identify people who may have been in the area at the time and who may hold key information.

In Mixenden a seven-year-old was approached by a man in a white van at around 6pm last Tuesday. He took hold of the girl and told her she was going with him. The victim managed to kick the man and ran away.

Officers are investigating a similar report of a man approaching two 13-year-old girls walking along Pellon Lane at around 7.10pm on the same night. The man asked them to get in the van but did not make any physical attempt to make them do so.

A man officers want to speak to in connection with the incident is described as Asian, aged between 30 and 40 and wearing navy blue Adidas beanie hat and black tracksuit with stubble and a pierced lip.

Anyone with information about these incidents should contact the police on 101 and quote ‘Operation Hopeberry’.