UPDATE: No charges after child abduction arrest

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THE man arrested in connection with two attempted child abductions has been released without charge, and Hampshire Police are continuing their search for the perpetrator.

It comes after two incidents in Emsworth and Leigh Park in the last week, when a man described as tanned and in his forties, tried to grab a 12-year-old girl on Tuesday (December 18).

The man grabbed her arms with both hands and told her to go with him, but she managed to break free and flee.

The second incident happened at about 8.30am on Wednesday (December 19) in Southleigh Road, Emsworth, when a man tried to grab an 11-year-old boy.

He was about to cross the road when a man got out of a red van and grabbed him by the wrist.

The schoolboy shouted, screamed and pinched the man and managed to escape after he eventually let go.

Hampshire Police is continuing the investigation into the two attempted abductions, after the 49-year-old Havant man was arrested and questioned on suspicion of these crimes, and then released from custody with no further action.

A suspect was described as tanned, in his late forties, around six feet tall and having a round shaped face, blue eyes, black, thick, short hair about 1cm long, he had a recent scratch on his left cheek, and a northern accent

The van he drove was described as dark red, with a rear sliding door with blacked out windows. There were lights on the front and around the roof of the van.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Jeff Huggett from Waterlooville CID said: “Officers from CID continue to cover all lines of enquiry. We would ask the public to remain alert but not alarmed, to ask parents to remind their children of the stranger danger message, and to report any incidents to us.

“There are increased police patrols to reassure the local communities. Police would like to thank members of the public for their understanding and co-operation.”

Anyone who may have witnessed either incident or has any information is asked to call Waterlooville CID on 101. Alternatively call the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.