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Surbiton abduction incidents 'not linked' - police

Police now say an attempt to abduct a boy from a London primary school is not linked to an incident where a man and woman approached a girl.

On 21 May, a white man in his 20s tried to take a boy from the school grounds in Surbiton but he managed to run away.

On 17 May, a couple went up to a girl at the same school as she was getting water from a fountain.

Officers had originally suggested they were linked, but now say a connection between them is "considered unlikely".

A spokesman said: "Police have been conducting extensive interviews and gathering evidence about each of these incidents to determine whether they were connected in any way, but this possibility at this stage is now considered unlikely.

"The safeguarding of children and young adults is a responsibility we share as a community.

"Whilst these investigations into possible incidents continue, police are encouraging parents and the wider community to remain vigilant."

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