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Police hunting for “man in cowboy hat” after girl, 11, escapes attempted abduction in Altrincham

By David Prior at

Police are investigating an attempted child abduction after a man in a Cowboy hat tried to grab an 11-year-old girl off an Altrincham street.

The girl was walking on Moss Lane, close to the junction with Queens Road, when a man in a white Transit van pulled up alongside her between 3:30pm and 3:35pm on Friday 21st July 2017.

The man engaged her in conversation before offering her sweets and a lift home but when the girl spurned his advances he attempted to drag her into the van via an open window.

Luckily the girl managed to fight him off and run away.

The van then seen to do a U-turn and head in the direction of Altrincham football club.

The offender is described as a white man, approximately 38 years old, with light brown shaven hair. He was wearing a black cowboy hat and dark clothing.

Detective Constable Steve Matthias, of GMP’s Trafford Borough, said: “This man grabbed his victim as she walked to Stamford Park from school in the middle of the day when there could have been a number of witnesses nearby.

“The whole ordeal has left her understandably terrified and we are keen to speak to anyone who may have any information that can help with our enquiries.”

Anybody with information should contact police on 101, quoting the incident number 1439 of 21/07/17, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.