Teen tells of Heaton Park abduction scare chaos

A borough teenager has revealed the chaos that unfolded after reports of an attempted child abduction in Heaton Park.

Monday, 6th November 2017, 7:41 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 10:30 am
Police incident

Police searched hundreds of cars leaving the Bonfire Night fireworks display after detectives were called to reports that a girl had been abducted, at around 9.15pm yesterday (Sunday).

Chloe Keenan, 18, from Leigh, told the Daily Express it had taken her two hours to leave the park.

She said: "We were one of the first ones back to the car and we didn't move for an hour. Police were walking down the road.

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"Police told us that the information was scattered, but that a little girl might have been bundled into a car and they had to search our cars. We were told it could take up to five hours."

A number of procedures were followed including the search of vehicles leaving the park and some disruption was caused.

Officers have been working through the night to corroborate the report however, the evidence available at this time does not suggest that a child has been abducted.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and anyone with any concerns is encouraged to contact police.

GMP’s Superintendent Mark Kenny said: “Reports that relate to abduction are taken very seriously and extensive enquiries were conducted overnight.

“Officers acted quickly to ensure the safety of the public and this included the checks of vehicles at the park.

“I am positive the report made to us was in good faith however, we have not received a report of a missing child that matches the information reported to us.

“We continue to investigate the circumstances so we can be sure of exactly what has happened and I encourage anyone to speak to us about any concerns that they have.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 2512 of 05/11/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.