Police Investigation into Alleged Attempted Child Abduction Concluded

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A man who was arrested, as he was thought to be connected to an alleged attempted child abduction in Crawley Down, has now been released without charge.

On Tuesday 30th January at around 4:50pm a man in a car approached a girl walking along Sandhill Lane. This was reported to the police shortly after.

The 11-year-old girl was walking her dog when a dark vehicle reportedly stopped alongside her and gestured for her to get inside.

After this incident was reported the police received various other, similar reports featuring the same vehicle in the same area. A 35-year-old man from the Crawley area was arrested in connection with the incidents afterwards.

Following extensive enquiries however, the man has been released and will face no further consequences or legal action.

Detective Inspector Jon Robeson, of Crawley Investigations, said: “As a result of our investigation we are unable to proceed any further, and the man arrested will face no further action.

“We have engaged with the victim and her parents throughout to keep them informed of our progress.

“We take reports of this nature extremely seriously and would encourage anyone who has been a victim of crime to report it online or call us on 101, or in an emergency, dial 999.”

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