Urgent hunt for driver of car after three attempted kidnappings in a week

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A man is being hunted by police in connection with three attempted kidnaps of teenage girls.

Detectives believe the suspect tried to force three girls into his car in separate incidents in Salford, Greater Manchester, including two on the same night.

The youngsters, two aged 15 and one aged 13, were left ‘extremely shaken up’.

During one terrifying encounter at 6.15 pm on November 21, a 15-year-old girl was approached at a bus stop in Monton Green.

He first made advances towards her before trying to physically get her to go with him in a black Vauxhall Astra, which is now a vehicle of interest.

It is believed the same man made another kidnap attempt just hours later, and another one five days earlier on November 16.

CCTV footage of the vehicle used in the frightening attempt has been released in the hope people can identify its distinctive silver wing mirror.

Two brief clips show the Astra prowling the rain-sodden streets of Rocky Lane and Monton Road in the Eccles area of Salford, while the third is from Folly Lane in Swinton.

Detective Inspector Chris Horsfield said: ‘The victims have been left extremely shaken up by this encounter and it’s very important that we get this man identified and off the streets as soon as possible.

‘We believe that the man we want to speak to may have been driving a dark-coloured hatchback car, but we need to review dashcam footage to identify the make, model and registration plate.

‘We are appealing to drivers in the areas on the dates and times above to please submit their dashcam footage to us, so our specialised officers can go through and analyse it.’

Police have appealed for car dashcam footage from the following times.

  • Rocky Lane/Monton Green/Monton High Street on Monday 21 November 2022 between 6-7pm.
  • Mossfield Road/Ackworth Road, Swinton on Monday 21 November 2022 between 8-9am.
  • Liverpool Street, Salford between Fitzwarren Street and Albion Way on Wednesday 16 November 2022 between 7:45-8:20pm.

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