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Van driver attempts to abduct schoolgirl in Bathgate

A man who attempted to abduct a girl by trying to drag her into a van while she stood at a bus stop in West Lothian is being sought by police.

The 14-year-old was at a bus stop at the railway bridge near Tesco on Blackburn Road, Bathgate, at about 2000 BST on Sunday.

The man got out of a small white van and grabbed the girl's arm before trying to force her into the vehicle.

She managed to wrestle free before the man got into the van and drove off.

He was described as white, 5ft 11in, aged 20 to 30, of thin build, with a tanned complexion, dark facial growth and a wide jaw.

He was wearing a light-coloured long-sleeved top, light blue jeans, light-coloured training shoes and a light-coloured woolly hat. He had a rough voice with a local accent.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "Fortunately the victim was not injured, however she is understandably upset as a result of this incident.

"We are keen to trace a male believed to be called 'Sean' who assisted the victim in the aftermath by taking her to the nearby Tesco store.

"There was also a jogger who passed nearby at the time, who may also be able to help."

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