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Attempted child abduction in Whangarei

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/11/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">Police are investigating reports a man tried to force a 10-year-old boy into the boot of his car in Whangarei as he walked home from school with friends.</span> © AAP Police are investigating reports a man tried to force a 10-year-old boy into the boot of his car in Whangarei as he walked home from school with friends. A man reportedly attempted to abduct a 10-year-old boy north of Auckland yesterday by forcing him into the boot of his car.

Police are investigating the incident in Whau Valley, which took place on McClintock St as the boy and two other school children walked home from school.

"The male driver got out of the vehicle, opened the boot, grabbed the 10-year-old by his backpack and tried to force him into the boot of the car," Whangarei Police Detective Sergeant Hamilton said.

"The boy managed to escape and the children ran away from the offender and hid in bushes."

"They later began to walk home but saw a silver car further down the street, so they ran back and hid in bushes again. They eventually returned home around 4pm."

Police have appealed for witnesses because the incident took place when there would have been a lot of after school traffic close-by.

McClintock St, Whangarei © Bing McClintock St, Whangarei

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