DETECTIVES have launched an investigationafter a six year old girl was abducted.
It is believed that at around 4pm on Thursday (March 26th), the girl was taken by a man, possibly in a large dark coloured car from Nairne Street, Burnley.
Officers believe she was then dropped off at Whitefield Street, Hapton where she was found and returned home before police were called.
Police are continuing an urgent search for the offender.
He is described as a white man with a tanned complexion aged in his forties and bald.
Detective Chief Inspector Joanne McHugh from East CID said: “This investigation is very much in its early stages and we are determined to find out exactly what has happened to this young child and to catch the man who has done this.
“We have a team of detectives who are on with various lines of enquiry and will be speaking to people in the area, as well as looking for possible CCTV footage and forensic evidence. We will also be speaking to the victim today.
“I would like to reassure the public that whilst incidents of this kind are rare, we have stepped up police patrols in the area.
“We have specially trained officers offering support to this young girl and her family at this time.
“I urge anyone who may have seen this vehicle, anything suspicious in the time leading up to the incident or indeed anyone with information about this incident to contact the police urgently.”
Anyone with any information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting incident reference 0916 of Thursday (26 March 2015).
Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.