Police seek witnesses to alleged abduction attempt

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Eastbourne police say they are still trying to establish what happened during an incident on Wednesday morning (January 6), which parents fear may have been an attempted abduction.

Officers are appealing for witnesses who were in the Hampden Park area of Eastbourne during the incident to help establish what happened.

At 10.38am police received reports of an incident between two 12-year-old cyclists and a man in Eastbourne.

Two boys reported they had been cycling along Park Avenue in Hampden Park at about 7.50am when they noticed a man running behind them waving his arms in the air.

Parents, fearing the incident may have been an attempted abduction, took to social media to warn others in the area.

They claimed a man had attempted to grab one of the boys by their backpack during the incident before driving off in a white transit van.

Chief Inspector Emma Brice said, “We are still trying to establish what happened but we believe he may have been a jogger running in the park as he was wearing a high visibility jacket.

“We would like to speak to him or anyone else who might have seen what happened. The man is described as being black with short black hair and slim.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 355 of 06/01.

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