Police are appealing for information after an attempted child abduction in the Chorlton area
At around 5.45pm on Monday 1 August 2016, an eight-year-old boy was playing hide and seek with his friends at the Chorlton Waterpark on Maitland Avenue.
A vehicle, described as a grey Toyota 4x4 type car with tinted windows, side steps and a spare wheel on the rear, parked up nearby and a woman sitting in the back of the vehicle shouted to the boy to come over.
The boy went towards the vehicle to see what the woman was saying, and she asked him if he wanted to see some puppies, before grabbing his top and attempting to drag him into the rear of the vehicle.
The boy fought back and with the assistance of his friends pulled away and ran off.
There were two men in the front of the vehicle, both described as white and one of whom was speaking on a phone.
The woman is described as white, wearing a bobble type hat and sunglasses.
Detective Inspector Paul Walker from GMP’s City of Manchester Team said: “Clearly this is a worrying set of circumstances and I understand people will be alarmed when they hear news of this incident, but we have a number of officers currently investigating what has taken place here and we are making numerous enquiries to trace the people involved.
“If anyone was in the area of the Chorlton waterpark early on Monday evening, and you remember seeing this grey Toyota 4x4 type vehicle, then please get in touch and tell us what you saw. Your information may seem trivial to you, but it could be important to this investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at West Didsbury police station on 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.