UPDATE: Fresh arrest over attempted Emsworth abductions

A MAN has been arrested in connection with two attempted child abductions in Emsworth and Leigh Park.

Police arrested a 43-year-old man from Hastings on Friday evening (December 21), on suspicion of two attempted abductions.

The man is currently in police custody and is being questioned by detectives in connection with these two incidents.

The first incident happened in Leigh Park at 1.50pm on December 18, when a 12-year-old girl was grabbed from behind in ‘yellow brick road’, which runs between Purbrook Way and Middle Park Way.

In a similar incident, a man attempted to grab an 11-year-old boy in Southleigh Road, Emsworth, at about 8.30am on December 19.

The second arrest is not connected to Thursday’s arrest of a 49-year-old man who was later released with no charge and no further action.

Police would ask the public to remain alert, but not alarmed, and to ask parents to continue to remind their children of the stranger danger message.

Anyone who has information about either incident is asked to call Waterlooville CID on 101.

Alternatively call the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.