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Police confirm 'child abduction' rumours were false
KNUTSFORD police station has confirmed to the Guardian that reports a man attempted to abduct a child in the town yesterday, Tuesday, were false.
On Wednesday a text alert was sent out to parents of pupils at Egerton Primary after reports a child was approached by a man.
The school picked up on the alert after being informed by the Budeez After School Club, which meets at the Methodist Church.
Officers confirmed that the rumours had in fact come from a report by an 18-year-old woman the day before (Tuesday) that a man had asked her if she wanted a lift when she walking through the town.
At 4pm on Tuesday, October 8, police received reports of a man, who was driving a black Audi, approaching the woman in Manchester Road and trying to engage her in conversation.
He asked if she wanted a lift and the woman declined the offer.
The man again asked if she wanted a lift and when the woman declined for the second time he drove away.
At no point did he try to touch or grab the woman.
The woman returned home and reported the incident to police.
A number of enquiries were carried out in the local area and a search was made for the vehicle but there was no trace.
Officers have spoken to the woman involved and have offered advice and reassurance.
Insp Sue Mills said: “We would like to reassure local people that we take any incidents of this nature seriously and anyone with any information is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101.
“We are aware that rumours are circulating on the internet regarding an attempted child abduction in the Knutsford area and we can confirm that this is not the case – it would appear that the rumours relate to this particular incident."
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