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Police still investigating attempted child abduction

Woman grabbed eight-year-old school girl as she rode her bike through Shaw on Tuesday

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper


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POLICE are continuing to investigate the attempted abduction of an eight-year-old schoolgirl in Shaw on Tuesday.

The girl was riding her bike along Owen Road, off Love Lane, when a car pulled up beside her.

A woman in her forties or fifties then grabbed the girl by the arm and told her to get in the car.

Fortunately, the victim managed to break free and fled the scene on her bicycle.

Seventy-two hours on from the incident, Thames Valley Police said that no arrests had been made and investigations were still ongoing.

The offender is a woman in her forties or fifties, of medium build with blonde/mousey/brown shoulder length hair. She was wearing a white knitted jumper and skinny light blue jeans.

The offender was driving a black, four door vehicle, which was small to medium in size, with blacked out windows.

Investigating officer, Det Insp Jonathan Groenen of Force CID based at Newbury Police Station, said: “This was a frightening experience for the victim, who has understandably been left shaken by the incident.

“I would appeal to anyone who recognises the detailed description of the offender and, or her vehicle to contact police immediately.

“Further, if you saw or heard anything unusual in the vicinity of Owen Road on Tuesday afternoon or early evening please call us on 101. Alternatively, you can visit your nearest police station.

“If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

“Incidents such as these are extremely rare events and I would like to reassure the community that we are conducting a thorough investigation to find out what happened.

“We will also be conducting extra patrols in the area so if anyone has any concerns please speak to one of our officers.”

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