POLICE today confirmed that they have dropped their inquiries into a reported ‘abduction attempt’ outside a South Tyneside school.
On Friday, a nine-year-old girl said she had been approached by a man in a red car outside Harton Primary School in East Avenue, South Shields.
She said he told her she would be late for school and offered her a lift, asking her to get into the car.
The girl said she ran into school, where she told her teacher what had happened.
The school held a special assembly warning pupils about the danger of talking to strangers, and sent home letters warnign parents to be on their guard.
However, after a full investigation into this incident, police today confirmed they are no longer treating it as suspicious.
Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Hudson said: “Wherever reports of this nature are received, they are always taken very seriously, and a full and thorough investigation is carried out, as it was in this case.
“I’d like to thank the school the public for their assistance in relation to this investigation.”
If you have any concerns in your neighbourhood, contact police on 101, extension 69191.