Wigan women in abduction warning

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WIGAN women have been warned to be on their guard after a terrifying attempted abduction.

A 21-year-old bravely fought off an attack by one of two men who tried to bundle her into the back of a van.

Police have now appealed for information about the attack which happened in Ashton a month ago.

The victim was walking in Bryn Road, Ashton, at around 4.30am on Sunday, October 28, when a white Transit van pulled up alongside her with a man driving and another as front seat passenger.

The driver asked whether she was okay to which she replied she was. He then invited her inside the van but she walked off.

The van drove off a further 200 yards past the woman, stopped and another man got out of the back. He invited her inside, before he grabbed her arm, and tried to pull her.

She resisted and he let go, got back into the van and the vehicle drove off.

The victim was physically unharmed but badly shaken by what happened.

The driver and front seat passenger of the van are described as being dark skinned, in their late 20s or early 30s with dark hair.

The rear passenger was dark-skinned, in his late 20s or early 30s, 5ft 7ins tall, of skinny build, had dark wavy hair and stubble on his face. He wore a black hooded top.

Dete Con Susan O’Connell from Wigan CID said: “This type of incident is very rare and I would urge the community not to panic.

“However, I would ask people, particularly women who are walking on their own, to be vigilant and be aware of their surroundings.

“Thankfully, the victim was not hurt but was left shocked.

“At the time of the incident, we do not believe there would have been many people around but if you did see something suspicious or may have heard of a similar incident, please contact us.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 7252 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.