Parents are being warned after three attempted abductions of young boys in a busy town centre in two days.Police were called separately by three parents each reporting that a man had grabbed the hand of their young sons in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Detective Chief Inspector Nicki Miller said they are treating the reports “very seriously” with a number of detectives investigating the reports.
The parents all called police yesterday to report the incidents, according to the Grimsby Telegraph. The first took place at around 2.50pm on Sunday, when a woman said she was pushing one child in a pram with her two-year-old son walking beside her on Cromwell Road, Grimsby. Her son told her that a man tried to grab his hand and pointed out a man walking away.
On Monday at 11am a woman said she was sitting on a bench outside Freshney Place, Grimsby, with her one-year-old son playing close by when a man approached and grabbed the boy’s hand. The woman challenged the man and he left the area.
Around half an hour later a woman said she was walking with her three-year-old son past Captain’s Cove, Frederick Ward Way, Grimsby, when a man tried to grab his hand. The woman challenged the man and he walked off. Detectives are trying to establish if the incidents are linked and are reviewing CCTV footage.