Police hunt 'dangerous' man after he tries to force 15-year-old boy into car in Atherton (From This Is Lancashire)
Police hunt 'dangerous' man after he tries to force 15-year-old boy into car in Atherton
A “DANGEROUS” man who tried to entice a 15-year-old boy into his car in Atherton is being hunted by police.
The teenager was walking home along Bolton Road On Saturday, December 28, when a silver Ford Ka passed him and stopped on the other side of the road near the junction of Marlborough Road.
The driver wound down the window and spoke to the boy, who could not quite hear and, assuming the man was asking for directions, went to the car.
The man asked several personal questions before asking him if he wanted a lift home.
The teenager declined but the driver asked to shake his hand and then grabbed his hand and pulled it down onto his legs, asking him to get in the car.
Despite the 15-year-old boy wriggling free, the Ka followed him for a while before the teenager started running and managed to get away.
The boy was not physically hurt but was left upset by the incident.
His attacker is described as black with a large build, giving the impression of being tall.
He had short dark shaved hair, short stubble and spoke slightly broken English.
He wore grey cargo trousers and a black leather jacket, while the Ford Ka was silver with darker grey or possible black bumpers.
Det Con Andrew Partington said: “We don’t want to cause any undue alarm but we believe we have to let people know this has happened.
“Thankfully the boy had the presence of mind to struggle free and run off, but the fact he was then followed by the car shows how potentially dangerous this man is.
“With that in mind I want people in Atherton to be aware of this man and to ensure they report anything suspicious to the police.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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