Kent Police release man in attempted abduction probe

Det Supt Rob Vinson
Image caption Det Supt Rob Vinson urged parents to be vigilant and ensure children are well-supervised

A man arrested by police investigating three attempted abductions of young girls in Kent and Sussex has been released without charge.

Officers said they arrested the man in Cranbrook on suspicion of an attempted abduction in Hawkhurst and not the two other incidents.

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

Detectives believe the incidents all involved the same man.

The man arrested in Cranbrook was questioned in custody on Wednesday and Thursday by specially-trained officers.

Det Supt Rob Vinson said: "We are confident that this man is not the person responsible for the attempted abduction at Hawkhurst, or the other two incidents."

'Tried to grab'

He added: "We understand that parents and guardians will be worried, particularly with the school holidays.

"I would advise them to remain vigilant and ensure your children are supervised and well-versed in the potential risks associated in talking to strangers."

In all three cases, which happened in the evening, the man tried to grab the girls, but all three managed to escape.

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

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