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Last Updated: Saturday, 16 April, 2005, 17:13 GMT 18:13 UK
Child escapes attempted abduction
A child has escaped from an apparent abduction attempt in Coleraine.

The 12-year-old boy was walking along the Cloyfin Road towards the Ballysally Road at about 1400 BST when a man in a silver saloon car pulled up beside him.

The man, who claimed to be a taxi driver, offered him a free lift home, which the boy declined.

The man then approached him for a second time and offered him sweets. When the boy again declined the man verbally abused him and drove off.

The man is described as having brown hair, thinning on top, a goatee beard and a long thin face.

He is believed to have been wearing a brown jumper.

Inspector Andy Lemon said the boy had done exactly the right thing.

"We would urge all parents or guardians to remind young people that they should never talk or go with strangers," Mr Lemon said.

Police want anyone who witnessed the incident, or can help them identify the car or the driver, to contact them on 028 70344122.

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