Police investigate reports of attempted abduction of schoolboy

Police received the call at 10.01am

Police are investigating after reports of the attempted abduction of a schoolboy in Inverness.

A relative of the child took to social media claiming a man grabbed hold of the 10 year-old’s arm and tried to snatch him in the Myrtletown Park and Burnside Drive area of Westhill.

The relative said she wanted to warn parents in the Westhill, Cradlehall and Smithton areas of the city about the incident which allegedly happened around 6pm on Tuesday evening.

Now she is asking local people to keep a look-out for anyone acting suspiciously in the area.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police in Inverness have been carrying out inquiries in the Westhill area after a report that a 10-year-old boy was grabbed on the arm by an adult.

“The incident was reported to have happened in the Myrtletown Park area at about 6.25pm on Tuesday, August 15.”

Inspector Alasdair Macleod added: “Investigations are ongoing into this incident and Police Scotland wish to reassure local residents that there is no evidence to suggest that there was any attempt to abduct the child, nor to suggest there was more than one adult or a vehicle involved.

“Officers will be visible in the area carrying out further enquiries.

“If any member of the public has information about this incident they are asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting reference NN20751/17, or Crimestoppers.”

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