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Girl, 10, is second victim of attempted abduction

PUBLISHED: 16:22 15 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:12 07 September 2010

ANOTHER attempted abduction of a child took place in Hornsey yesterday. At about 8.30am on Thursday, a 10-year-old girl was walking along Wightman Road when a man grabbed her wrist. The girl screamed and ran away. Last month, Broadway reported that a 1

ANOTHER attempted abduction of a child took place in Hornsey yesterday.

At about 8.30am on Thursday, a 10-year-old girl was walking along Wightman Road when a man grabbed her wrist.

The girl screamed and ran away.

Last month, Broadway reported that a 12-year-old boy was almost abducted when walking with a group of friends in Priory Road near the TA centre, on Wednesday (April 22) at about 3.30pm.

The man, unknown to the boy and described as Turkish speaking, bearded and approximately 30 to 40 years old, allegedly put his arm around the boy and tried to push him towards Nightingale Road.

The boy tore himself away from the man, who made off in a white van towards Muswell Hill.

Police are appealing for information on both incidents.

A police spokeswoman said: "At this time there is no evidence to link these incidents but detectives are keeping an open mind.

"As a matter of routine, Safer Schools officers and Safer Neighbourhoods Team officers across the borough patrol around schools at opening and closing times and provide personal safety information to school pupils."

Police have issued warnings to parents and asked them to remind their children to:

* Think ahead and plan your journey, avoiding deserted areas.

* Try to avoid short cuts like alleyways, waste ground and wooded, bushy areas.

* Stay alert: be aware of what's going on around you.

* Try to avoid wearing headphones - your ability to hear traffic, strangers or potential trouble is severely restricted.

Police have urged witnesses to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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