Schools on abduction alert

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SCHOOLS in Bulwell have taken decisive steps after a man attempted to abduct a teenage girl in the town.

As reported in the Dispatch, the 14-year-old was approached on Bulwell Forest golf course, off St Albans Road, at 3.40 pm on Monday May 23.

He grabbed her bag but she managed to wrestle free and escape.

The man was described as black and between 30 and 40 years of age.

Initially the approach was linked to similar offences committed in Carlton — one on the same day and another the day after.

Police now say the evidence points to them all being separate.

However local schools are taking no chances.

Bulwell Academy, on Squires Avenue, has sent out letters and text messages to parents warning them to be extra vigilant.

Pupils have also been encouraged to walk home in pairs.

As part of the investigation, specially-trained police officers have visited schools to warn youngsters of the dangers and advise them how to stay safe.

There has also been a strong reaction from the public to an appeal for information.

Supt Mike Manley, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are very pleased that schools, parents and children have heeded our request to be vigilant about this matter.

“We must also thank the local media, who have helped us alert people to these problems.

“We know pupils across the county have had the message from their schools and our own liaison officer has gone into schools to talk to students.

“We have also organised additional patrols around schools in Bulwell at times when children are arriving and leaving.

“In response to our inquries, we have had a large number of calls from the public offering useful information and also to report other possible attacks of a similar nature.”

He added: “The public should be assured that the police are doing their utmost that whoever approached these girls is identified and arrested.

“Hopefully the publicity has helped deter them from trying again.”

Supt Manley also urged anyone with information to call the police on 0300 3009999 or, alternatively, contact the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.