Parents report attempted child abduction in Eastbourne


Parents are warning each other to be on the lookout after reports of an attempted child abduction in Eastbourne yesterday morning (January 6).

Family members report that a man attempted to grab a pair of 12-year-old boys who were cycling to school through Hampden Park at around 7.45am on Wednesday.

The boys were able to get away from the man who is described as tall, black and wearing high-vis gear. He was seen getting into a white Transit van.

Concerned friends and family members took to Facebook and other social media sites to warn parents in the area.

One message read, “This morning my 12-year-old brother and his friend were cycling to school through Hampden Park. As they got near the cafe a tall black man wearing high-vis started to run after them.

“He tried to grab my brother’s bag on his back and pull him back. Luckily my brother was fast enough to have a bit of a head start. He proceeded to chase both my brother and his friend until they got out onto the road.”

The boys are said to have cycled through traffic on Park Avenuein order to get away from the man.

Another user added, “This happened this morning to my friend’s son on his way to school. He and his friend were cycling to school. The man gave chase after the boys trying to grab hold of them by their bags on their backs.

“The boys were very shaken up and one nearly got knocked down as he was trying to get away.”

The message goes on to say both police and local schools have been informed of the incident.

The Herald has contacted Sussex Police for further information.

An update is available here.

Note: The incident took place on Park Avenue not Brassey Parade as previously reported.

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