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Attempted abductions probe police in fresh appeal

Det Supt Rob Vinson
Image caption Det Supt Rob Vinson said police were following up a number of lines of inquiry

Police investigating three attempted abductions in Kent and Sussex have renewed their appeal for information.

A man driving a blue car approached girls in Rye, Hawkhurst and Ashford between 31 March and 6 April.

Officers believe the incidents all involved the same man and have distributed posters urging anyone with any information to contact them.

Det Supt Rob Vinson said they were following up a number of lines of inquiry.

"We still believe all three of these incidents are linked and welcome any piece of information, no matter how small, that may assist us in bringing the person responsible to justice," he said.

'Large dog'

All three incidents took place in the evening.

All of the girls described the man as white, having a beard or stubble and driving a dark blue car. Two of the girls said the man had a "squashed" nose.

In the incident in Brabourne Lees on 6 April, the girl was cycling when she was stopped by the man, while the other girls were walking.

Following the attempted abduction in Hawkhurst on 3 April, the victim told police there was a large black and tan dog in the back of the car, possibly a German Shepherd or similar breed.

Det Supt Rob Vinson, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said police were "still extremely keen to hear from anyone in the community who may be able to help us with our enquiries".

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