Men ‘tried to entice brothers into car’

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TWO young brothers were left upset and distressed after two men tried to lure them into their car in Wigan, a court heard.

The little boys, aged just eight and 10, declined their offer to get into their vehicle as they left a rural park and ran home to tell their mother of their ordeal.

In the dock at Liverpool Crown Court are Aram Younis and Hassan Meshedi who both deny two charges of attempted child abduction.

Younis, 23, of Irvine Street, Leigh and Meshedi, 31, of Chapel Street, Leigh, are both being helped by a Kurdish Iranian interpreter and are representing themselves.

Anthony O’Donohoe, prosecuting, told the jury that the incident happened on July 13 this year after the boys, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, left Crankwood Park in Abram after their mother rang telling them to come home.

As they were walking along Crankwood Road, which is a cul-de-sac, a light blue Renault Clio approached from the opposite direction.

“The prosecution case is that the driver was Meshedi and the passenger was Younis,” alleged Mr O’Donohoe.

“Younis said through the open passenger window, ‘Do you want to come in this car?’. The boys replied, ‘No, we don’t know you’,” claimed Mr O’Donohoe.

“Younis said, ‘Come on boys, it’s only a ride,’”

“In that moment the older boy sensed his brother was about to move towards the car so he pulled his brother back and both boys ran home. They immediately complained to their mother.

“They seemed upset and not surprisingly their mother was distressed to hear of this matter and she immediately telephoned the police.”

A police officer came to their home and while there he received radio communication to say that two men matching their description had been detained in Plank Lane, Abram.

“At the scene they categorically denied speaking to any children and claimed they had been looking for a nice spot to relax in the sunshine and said they had bought themselves ice creams,” said Mr O’Donohoe.

They were arrested and when interviewed they admitted having been in the general vicinity but again denied speaking to any boys. Meshedi admitted that they had driven down a cul-de-sac.

The older boy picked out Meshedi on a video ID parade as the driver, added Mr O’Donoghoe.

He also told the court that when the vehicle was examined it was found that the front and rear registration plates were attached with Velcro instead of being screwed on. “When questioned about this Meshedi said it was in that condition when he purchased it.”