High alert for Wigan schools after attempted abduction of little boy

Wigan schools are urging parents to pick their children up after a man in a white van "tried to snatch" a young boy.

Friday, 15th March 2019, 1:10 pm
Updated Saturday, 16th March 2019, 8:28 am
St Catharine's CE Primary School

St Catharine's C of E School in Scholes has issued a warning for schools across the borough following the "serious incident" on Thursday evening.

Nicola Goulding, head teacher of the primary school, said: "A little boy was walking home near the funeral directors when a man in a white van, in slowly moving traffic, shouted to him to come over.

"When he hasn't, they have opened the door and tried to grab him. They have not touched him, they didn't manage to make any contact.

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"He ran home to his mum and the police were called.

"There seem to be more and more reports of different things like this at the moment. It's worrying.

"We have asked parents to be vigilant and pick their children up but at the same time we don't want to scare people."

The school has issued a letter with details about the incident.

Pupils also attended "stranger danger" assemblies this morning and are being spoken to throughout the day in their individual classes.

Detective Constable Andy Hill, of GMP’s Wigan District, said: “I know this incident has caused a lot of worry in the local area however I want to reassure everyone that we are actively looking for the two men involved.

“Although we don’t have a description of the driver, we have released details of the man travelling in the passenger seat and the offending van in the hope that somebody may recognise them.

“Thankfully the victim was not physically injured during the incident but, as you can image, he is incredibly shook up.”

Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 5307 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.