Two child snatchers strike in three days

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Two attempted child abductions just three days apart in the same area of Milton Keynes are not connected , police confirmed this week.

Alarm bells began ringing on Friday evening when a 14-year-old Denbigh student was walking in Shenley Church End with his friend.

They passed a parked car and the driver tried to encourage them to get inside for a lift.

The boys walked on and the car drove away, say police.

The incident, which resulted in Denbigh school emailing a warning to hundreds of parents, happened at 7.45pm in Shenley Road.

Police were still investigating when they were called to a second and even more disturbing case just a mile and a half away in Oxley Park.

An eight-year-old girl was cycling near the Fonda Meadows junction with Raft Way when a man pulled up in a small green car between 6pm and 6.30pm,

He spoke to the child and tried to grab her arm. Bravely, the girl pulled away and cycled off.

The sharp-eyed youngster managed to give police a good description of her would-be abductor.

He is described as white but suntanned, in his late 30s or early 40s and had brown wavy collar-length hair with blond highlights.

He had an earring in his right ear and was wearing a light blue Lacoste top with two buttons, light black jeans and a grey watch.

The car was a four-door model, possibly lime green, and had a dent in the rear offside and scratches at the back close to the roof.

The attempted abductor on Friday is also described as a white male in his early 40s.

He had brown/black spiky hair and wore a white shirt, while his car is described as small and white coloured.

Police Detective Inspector, Nick Glister, said: “Incidents of this nature are extremely rare and I would like to reassure local residents that we have a team of detectives investigating .”

Neighbourhood police officers are now carrying out extra patrols of the area and any parents with concerns are welcome to talk to them.

A police spokesman said this week that officers were not connecting the two cases.

> Meanwhile anybody with any information is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.