Don’t be alarmed by ‘abduction’ rumours - police

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SHIREBROOK police are reassuring parents and carers following reports of suspicious incidents in the town.

Derbyshire Constabulary is keen to dispel rumours about a number of attempted abductions that have been circulating on various social media websites.

A call was received about a man who approached a mother and her young child on Sookholme Road, Shirebrook, at around 11.30am on Wednesday, November 2.

The man tried to take hold of the child’s hand before running away.

An unrelated incident was reported to police at around 9.30pm on Sunday, November 6 where an 18-year-old girl walking along Carter Lane was asked for directions by a man in a dark Peugeot.

He then invited her to get into the car and drove off when she said no.

Sgt Matt Troth: “The community is understandably concerned about these reports and there has been a considerable amount of speculation between residents on social network sites.

“We are investigating a small number of isolated incidents and there is nothing to suggest they are linked in any way. No one has been abducted or come to any harm. Officers are carrying out high visibility patrols and offering reassurance to residents.

“I want to appeal to the community to rely upon the information provided by the police and not to become alarmed by some of the inaccurate reports circulating on the internet.

“However, I would like to ask parents and young people to be aware of anyone who they see acting suspiciously.”

Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.