Police appeal after attempted abduction of four-year-old boy

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An efit image has been released of a man police would like to speak to following an attempted child abduction in a Calderdale park.

The incident happened in Crow Wood Park, Sowerby Bridge, at around 3.30pm on February 1.

A woman and her four-year-old son were in the playground and as she looked in her handbag, an unknown male approached the boy and tried to lead him away.

The man ran off out of the park when the boy’s mother shouted at him.

Detective Constable James Taylor of Calderdale CID said; “Clearly this incident has caused great distress to the child’s mother, and to the young boy who was thankfully unhurt.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have been in the park around the time of the incident and may have any information, or who can help identify the person in the efit to come forward.”

The man is described as being around 5’9 tall, in his late 30’s of slim build with short dark brown hair, a thin face and sunken eyes.

He was wearing a dark grey or black coloured hooded top with Adidas emblem on the chest. He was also wearing grey coloured jogging bottoms.

Enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Taylor at Calderdale Safeguarding Unit via 101 quoting 13170053821. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.