Kidnap warning

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AN ABDUCTION warning has been put out to Wigan borough parents and children after the attempted kidnapping of a local teenager.

The youngster was walking home past Lilford Park in Leigh when a man in a white van told him to get in.

The 15-year-old refused and managed to get away.

It happened on Saturday, November 17 on The Avenue and now his father has approached the Wigan Evening Post to warn others about the incident.

The family, who wish to remain anonymous, contacted police who have confirmed they are looking into it.

The boy’s father said: “My son was walking home from his grandmother’s through the Lilford Park area when a man in a white van ordered him to get inside.

“My son said no and fled the area.

“He only told us a week later and we got in touch with the police.

“It has really scared us all and we want to make others aware of the incident.”

Matters were made worse when, a week after telling the police, the father saw a man matching the description of the alleged offender in the same area.

He said: “I was coming from my mother’s and saw a van which fitted the description my son had given me.

“I went back again with my son an hour later and it was still there and looked very suspicious.

“We waited just behind this van and it suddenly drove off at high speed. We followed for a while then stopped and called the police again. My son doesn’t normally walk that way but it is usually a very safe area.

“And I would just feel awful if someone was to go missing and then find out it could be this guy. I think parents should be on the lookout and be more aware.”

Anyone with information about the Lilford Park incident is asked to ring police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.