Between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. this morning (Thursday 25th May), Blackpool Police received two reports of suspicious behaviour in the Daggers Hall Lane and Blackpool Road areas of the town. It was reported that a man in a vehicle had approached two girls, on route to school. Thankfully, neither girl was touched or physically harmed.
Blackpool CID have progressed the investigation into these reports and can confirm that a 32-year-old man from Rochdale has been arrested on suspicion of Attempted Child Abduction and inciting a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity. This person remains in custody at this time whilst the investigation continues.
Blackpool Police understand the impact this report will have had in the community and want to reassure you that they take reports like this extremely seriously.
Officers are mindful of several social media posts about this incident online and urge people not to speculate and instead report any relevant information directly to the Police.
This incident is reported to have happened in open locations on busy main traffic routes. With that in mind, Police ask that if you were in the area this morning and have dashcam or CCTV footage that could be relevant to this investigation, please get in contact on 101 quoting log 0354 of May 25, or report online here: www.lancashire.police/reportonline