Police hunt for Colne driver in ‘bright orange car’ after bid to snatch two girls (From Burnley and Pendle Citizen)
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Police hunt for Colne driver in ‘bright orange car’ after bid to snatch two girls
TWO teenage girls were left traumatised after a man tried to force them into his car.
The man shouted at the girls, both 15, demanding they get into his vehicle.
He then gave chase in his car when they refused and ran away.
Police are investigating the incident in Skipton Road, Colne.
The aunt of one of the victims told of her shock at what had happened to her niece who she fosters.
The 29-year-old said: ”The girls have been left traumatised by the incident.
“It’s so frightening. You don’t expect something like this to happen on your doorstep.
“Anything could have happened to them if he had managed to drag them into his car.”
The incident happened as the girls were walking back from McDonalds on North Valley Road at 8.45pm on Sunday.
They were on Skipton Road, close to Oak Street, when a bright orange car pulled up alongside them and a man shouted at the girls to get in his car.
After the girls refused, he then shouted again. When they ran off, he drove after them.
The frightened girls knocked at a nearby house asking for help and were taken back home by the man who lived there.
The aunt said: ”He had screamed at the girls to get in the car and when they refused he got even angrier and shouted again at them.
“I am very grateful that the man was able to bring the girls home safely.
“They are now scared about going out on their own and I have insisted that they have a mobile with them to be able to contact us if anything like this happens again.
“I have been informed by other people that there have been similar incidents of this happening in the town in the past week.
“I would want parents and guardians to be wary of where children are going and letting them out on their own.”
Police are warning parents to be vigilant and are urging members of the public to come forward with any information.
Insp Phil Hutchinson said: “We’re investigating an incident which has occurred just before 9pm on March 17 on Skipton Road in Colne.
“It’s been reported that a man has approached two girls and asked them to get into his car which is described as being orange.
“This appears to be an isolated incident but we’d appeal to anybody that has seen this vehicle or is aware of similar incidents to contact the police on 101.”
The car is described as possibly being a small Peugeot or Nissan Micra and the girls said the man was in his late 20s or early 30s with short black hair.