Kidnap manhunt launched after stranger ‘tried to force girl into his car’

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A dedicated team has been set up to find the suspect as soon as possible (Picture: Getty)

A manhunt has been launched in connection with three possible kidnap attempts in Manchester.

Police say a 15-year-old girl was approached by a stranger who tried to force her into a car in the latest in a string of frightening incidents.

A dedicated team has been set up to find the suspect and get him ‘off the streets as soon as possible’.

The schoolgirl was approached by a male while waiting at a bus stop in Salford on Monday night.

He is believed to have made advances before trying to physically get her to go to his car, described as a dark hatchback.

Officers are appealing to drivers who were in the Monton area of Salford at approximately 6.15pm that evening for information.

Greater Manchester Police said they believe it is linked to similar incidents on the same day in Salford.

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.’

Operation Wraith has been set up to identify the man and the force has released some details about the other two incidents.

The first happened around Rocky Lane, Monton Green and Monton High Street on November 21 between 6pm and 7pm.

The second is the area of Mossfield Road and Ackworth Road, Swinton, on November 21 between 8pm and 9pm.

The third is Liverpool Street, between Fitzwarren Street and Albion Way in Salford on November 16 between 7.45pm and 8.20pm.

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