Parents warning: as children urged to walk in pairs following attempted abduction of school boy

Police have launched an urgent investigation following the attempted abduction of a school boy.

While he was walking home from school he was approached by a man in a small blue car.

The man within the car claimed he was delivering a parcel to his mother and offered the boy a lift home.

The teenager refused the lift and the car drove off from the scene on Marsland Road, in Sale.

The man is described as white, of slim build and has grey or brown hair with a short beard. His hairstyle is shaved at the sides and long on top.

Police have not released any further details of the vehicle, no registration number has been released.

Ashton-on-Mersey High School has now contacted all parents of the school that the boy attended to warn them of the importance of taking care when travelling to and from school and wherever possible walk in pairs or small groups using well-known routers

“Please can you again reinforce this message at home and ensure all our pupils remain vigilant.”

Greater Manchester Police have launched an investigation and are appealing for anyone with further information to come forward.

A spokesman said: “We were called to reports of a 15-year-old boy approached by a man claiming to know his mother.

“He said he had a package. The man was described as white aged in his 30s and of slim build.

“He had light brown or grey hair, shaved at the sides and long on top, with a beard.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 11, quoting log number 1099/24/2.