Warning after man ‘tried to abduct girl’ as she walked home from school

A school has issued a warning after a man ‘tried to abduct a pupil’ when she went home.

The frightening incident happened after the girl left an after-school center at The Firs Primary School in Sale yesterday, according to a letter sent to parents and caregivers from vice principal Miss Taplin.

The girl went home around 4.35pm when a man ‘came up behind her and put his hand over her mouth’, the letter states.

He ‘tried to abduct her’.

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The incident, which allegedly happened at the top of Firs Road and Manor Avenue, is being investigated by police, the school said.

Parents have now been encouraged to pick up their children from school on darker evenings or make sure to go home with a friend.

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In its entirety is the letter which has been seen by MEN , said: “I am writing to inform you of an incident that took place after school today when a student walked home from the leisure club around 4.35pm.

“One of our students was approached by a man who came up behind her and put his hand over her mouth and tried to abduct her.

“Fortunately, the student was able to escape due to the support of a male and female passer-by.

“This happened towards the top of Firs Road and Manor Avenue.

“The police have been notified and are conducting appropriate investigations.

“We want to ask if anyone has information that could be useful to the police, so let us or the police know right away.”

The letter added: “As the evenings get darker, earlier, you may want to make sure your child is picked up by an adult or at least accompanied by a friend, especially after after school.

“Please everyone.”

That MEN has contacted Firs Primary School for a comment, although they declined to comment further at this time.

Greater Manchester Police have also been contacted for details.

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