Morley police appeal after attempted abduction claim

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man allegedly attempted to abduct a 12-year-old boy near a Morley school.

The boy, a pupil at Woodkirk Academy, had left the school at around 2.15pm on Friday, December 21 and says he was walking along Rein Road when a car pulled up at the side of him.

The man asked him to get in to the car, saying he would give him £1.

The boy crossed the road and the man drove off.

Officers from Morley Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) searched the area for the car and carried out extensive enquiries, which led to them finding the car on Middleton Road.

A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted child abduction and was later bailed pending further enquiries.

Insp Paul Sullivan, who leads Morley NPT, said: “We take all reports like this extremely seriously and carry out thorough investigations, which is demonstrated here by us finding the vehicle and arresting the driver.”

Insp Sullivan is now appealing to anyone who was on Rein Road at around 2.15pm on December 21, who believes they may have any information about the incident, is urged to call police via the non-emergency number, 101.