PARENTS are being warned to be vigilant after two attempted abductions in Ellesmere Port.
The two weekend evening abduction attempts – both by people in Ford town cars – took place on Luton Road and Rugby Road, Ellesmere Port, prompted worried parents to post warnings on the social networking site Facebook.
Police are now asking people to be vigilant following the recent attempt at 8pm on Sunday when a passenger in an old, white, four-door Ford Fiesta with rust on the wheel arches, reached out to grab a nine-year-old girl walking with her mother on Rugby Road.
The girl’s mother shouted at the man, who is described as aged about 30 with dark straggly hair and a checked shirt, who slammed the door and the car drove off in the direction of Rochester Drive.
The week before on Friday, February 19, at about 6pm a dark-skinned man, aged about 30, with stubble and wearing a brown jacket, tried to lure a 13-year-old boy into his car – a small red Ford – yards from a children’s playground on Luton Road.
The attempt was followed by a similar incident which took place in Hoole, Chester on Saturday, February 20 where a man, again driving a Ford car attempted to abduct a 13-year-old girl .
Cheshire Police spokesman Jason Murray said: “We are asking people to be vigilant and be aware of where their children are.
“We are aware that recently there has been two similar incidents in the area that have raised similar concerns and we are keen to clarify the circumstances. It might have been an innocent action and we would urge the driver of the car to come forward.
“There is nothing to suggest it’s linked to the park.
“It is an incident that has caused concern, we haven’t officially linked the two but we are seeking to look at both incidents, investigate them and will keep an open mind if there is a link.”
Anyone with any information is asked to ring Cheshire Police on 0845 458 0000 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.