Police investigation into Crawley Down alleged attempted child abduction concludes


A man arrested in connection with an alleged attempted child abduction in Crawley Down has been released without charge.

Police received a report of a man in a car approaching a girl in Sandhill Lane at around 4.50pm on Tuesday 30th January.

The 11-year-old was walking her dog when a man in a dark coloured vehicle reportedly stopped alongside her and gestured for her to get in.

Following this, police received further reports of the same vehicle in the same area, and a 35-year-old man from Crawley was subsequently arrested in connection with the incident.

However, following extensive enquiries, he was released and will face no further action.

Detective Inspector Jon Robeson, of Crawley Investigations, said: “As a result of our investigation we are unable to proceed any further, and the man arrested will face no further action.

“We have engaged with the victim and her parents throughout to keep them informed of our progress.

“We take reports of this nature extremely seriously and would encourage anyone who has been a victim of crime to report it online or call us on 101, or in an emergency, dial 999.”

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