A man who tried to abduct a school girl in broad day light on the streets of Liverpool has been arrested by police. Detectives are now appealing for eyewitnesses to prosecute the suspect further.
The incident took place at 7.30am Friday outside the Academy St Francis of Assisi school on Boaler Street, Kensington, a community east of Liverpool’s city centre. The girl, aged 13, who was approached whilst walking down the road managed to evade her attacker and ran away, reporting the incident to an adult and was thankfully unharmed.
Police patrols were called to Boaler Street and around Academy St Francis of Assisi, and subsequently a 27-year-old man was arrested. The young girl has been praised for her ingenuity in escaping and alerting a member of the public, quickly reporting the incident and raising the alarm.
Speaking of the incident, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Kameen said:
“The incident took place at a busy time of day on a Friday with people on the way to school and work, and it is likely that other people saw what happened. I would urge anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone with further information to get in touch and we will look into all information provided.
“Neighbourhood officers regularly visit schools to work alongside teachers in giving children appropriate stranger danger advice and it is encouraging to see that the message clearly sticks.
“We would encourage anyone who witnesses such incidents to contact police as soon as possible either on the 101 number or in an emergency, always call 999.”