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Police now say incident did happen near North Road but it was not an abduction

Posted on - 17th June, 2019 - 9:21pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston City Centre, Preston News
The incident took place near the burnt out car breakers yard in Southgate Pic: Google
The incident took place near the burnt out car breakers yard in Southgate Pic: Google

Police have now revealed an incident did take place off North Road during Sunday but it was not an abduction.

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Social media posts suggested two teenage girls had been abducted during Sunday (16 June) evening.

Preston Police initially put out a statement saying they rumours were ‘completely false’ about an abduction.

During Monday (17 June) a new statement has been released by police.

It states: “Following our earlier post, responding to claims of an abduction in Preston, we have now been able to clarify exactly what occurred and can confirm that no abduction has occurred.

“We were called at around 5.10pm yesterday (Sunday) to reports of children causing a nuisance at an empty business premises at Southgate, Preston.

“Initial reports suggested the children were on the roof of the building which had been damaged by fire and was unsafe.

“At the same time we also received a report of criminal damage to a car in the same area.

“We attended a short time later and found the person who made the call to us had briefly detained two girls in his car while he waited for officers to arrive on the scene. Words of advice were given to all parties and no serious offences were committed, or are being investigated at this time.”

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