E-fit released after attempted abduction

Police release an image of the man responsible for the attempted abduction of an 8 year old boy in our region.

Detectives in Basingstoke have released an e-fit as part of an investigation into an attempted abduction in Winklebury on Sunday, August 8.

Around 6.20pm, an eight-year-old boy was playing hide and seek with friends near to his home in Kenilworth Road when he was grabbed by the arm by a man he didn’t know.

The boy managed to break free and ran away. He was not harmed in any way.

 An e-fit of the man has now been released, and he is described as:

·           Dark skinned

·           Aged between 20 and 30 years old

·           Medium build

·           Around 5ft 10ins

·           Short dark hair

·           Wearing a white t-shirt

Detective Constable Louise Trigg, from Basingstoke CID, said: “Our investigations are continuing and we are following up all lines of enquiry, which includes the e-fit which we have now released.

“Do you recognise the man in the e-fit? If so, please get in touch. If you have any information that can help with the investigation, we’d like to hear from you.

“Although incidents like this are worrying, they are extremely rare and we are working hard to identify the man responsible.

“Despite the many rumours circulating, this appears to be an isolated incident, and we have not received any other reports of this nature.

“The boy did the right thing by running away and I would like to ask parents to remind their children of the stranger danger message and to report any incidents to us.”

Anyone with any information should contact Det Con Trigg on 101 or the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.