A 'PREDATOR' who attempted to abduct a child was caught thanks to the vigilance of school staff.
Andrew Brocklebank of the Loont, Winsford was jailed for two-and-a-half years at Chester Crown Court after admitting trying to abduct an 11-year-old boy from Over Hall School, in Ludlow Close, Winsford, by pretending to be his cousin.
He told staff the boy's grandmother was ill, but changed his story when quizzed by headteacher Hilary Berry, saying the child's grandmother had died.
Suspicious staff refused to let 19-year-old Brocklebank take the boy and phoned his mother, who confirmed he was not related.
Brocklebank drove away at speed, but staff called police who later arrested him.
Deputy headteacher Simon Kidwell said: 'I'm pleased with the way our staff handled the situation. We are always making sure the children are safe and we will continue to be vigilant.'
Inspector Brian Roberts of Cheshire police praised the school saying: 'I would like to thank the staff at the school for their swift and decisive action. I highlight in particular the headteacher and reception staff.
'As a result of them challenging him and then providing us with an excellent description, we were able to trace him.'
PC Chris Williams, of Winsford Community Action Team, recognised the description as matching a driver and car he had stopped the previous week.
Insp Roberts added: 'Great work by the staff and PC Williams resulted in a dangerous individual being removed from the streets of Winsford.'
Jailing the teenager, Judge Roger Dutton called Brocklebank a 'predator' who seduced youngsters to hang around with him.
The judge was at a loss to explain Brocklebank's fascination with younger people. He noted that Brocklebank had married a 16-year-old girl and got her pregnant three times.
Judge Dutton said: 'Attempted abduction is so serious that only custody can reflect this.'