Glasgow & West Scotland

Fresh plea over failed abduction of boy, 10, in Glasgow

Kenmure Street
Image caption The boy was targeted while walking in Kenmure Street in Pollokshields

Police want to trace a man who helped a 10-year-old boy after he was targeted in an attempted abduction in Glasgow.

The boy was pulled into the back court of flats from Kenmure Street, Pollokshields, at 15:10 on Wednesday.

He broke free and ran towards another man who challenged the suspect.

Police said the man who helped the boy was with a child in school uniform. He is described as in his 40s, with blond hair and was wearing bright yellow shorts and a red and white jacket.

Ch Insp Hazel Knight, of Police Scotland, said: "We are aware of a number of rumours locally that the boy had been assaulted. This is not the case. Thankfully he was not injured, however, it was very upsetting for him.

"Specially trained officers are working with him and his family to get as much information as possible and we must stress that this is an isolated incident."

'Isolated incident'

Ch Insp Knight said officers were keen to trace the man and child that the boy said he ran to get help from.

"He was with a young child who was wearing the school uniform of a local primary school," she said.

"If you are that man, please come forward as you may be able help officers with their enquiries."

The suspect is described as possibly of South East Asian appearance, between 5ft 4in and 5ft 6in tall, aged between 30 and 35 years, and unshaven.

At the time of the incident, he was wearing dark jogging bottoms, a hooded top and a baseball cap.

Ch Insp Knight added: "Local primary schools have been visited by officers, and letters with advice and guidance have been given to parents and staff.

"There are extra officers in the area to provide public reassurance and I would ask that anyone who recognises the description of the man involved or with information they believe may help our enquiry, to speak to them or contact police."

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