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Man charged after attempted abduction of child
Monday 8th September, 2014

A man has been charged after the attempted abduction of a child in Wigan.

Stephen Robert Cox (born 26/04/1968), of no fixed abode has been charged with the attempted abduction of a child, possession of a Class B drug and possession of a weapon in a public place.
He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Wigan Magistrates Court on Monday 8th September 2014.

The incident occurred between 2pm and 3.30pm on Monday 1 September 2014, on Holmes House Avenue in Winstanley where it was reported a man had attempted to abduct an eight-year-old girl.

Detective Sergeant Nigel Rigby said: "There has been understandable concern from residents since news of this incident was first published, and I hope this charge and remand into custody will go some way to alleviating those concerns.

"We have had a great response from the community and I would like to thank them for their help and support over the last few days.

"I would also personally like to thank all those people who have provided statements and access to their CCTV including the families of the victim and witnesses.

"However, we still need people from the area to come forward with any information they may have, be it sightings of the male in question or especially if they have CCTV cameras on their homes that capture the area near where the incident took place.

"If you have seen a man matching the following description - 6ft tall, of slim build with grey short hair, stubble and yellow teeth. He was described as wearing a long black coat with stains on, bare legs from the knees down and grey shoes - or have CCTV images of him, please contact Police on the number below."

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5307 or to call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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