Would-be Isle kidnapper is still at large

An E-Fit image of a man detectives are keen to identify in connection with a possible attempted abduction between Haxey and Westwoodside.
An E-Fit image of a man detectives are keen to identify in connection with a possible attempted abduction between Haxey and Westwoodside.
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Police are still searching for a man who tried to abduct a young girl by dragging her into his car, 12 months on.

The would-be child abductor who tried to drag the girl into his vehicle between Haxey and Woodside on August 9, 2012, was described at the time as one of Humberside’s most wanted criminals.

The suspect, who was foiled in his attempt to bundle the terrified teenager into his car, made it on to a list of the top 12 suspects police wanted to catch in time for Christmas 2012.

The list also includes sex attackers, armed robbers and a conman who tricked a pensioner out of money.

But the suspect remains at large despite attempts to track him down.

Detectives who were keen to catch the man stepped up their manhunt for the suspect and released, then later re-released this e-fit to jog peoples memories in the hope of apprehending him before he strikes again.

After re-release of the e-fit Det Con Brian Coates of Humberside Police, said the force had decided to re-release the image in an attempt to bring the suspect to justice and have him locked up instead of walking the streets and possibly committing further offences.

The girl was walking in Tower Hill, Westwoodside, when she was approached by a man in a green Ford hatchback. The driver grabbed hold of the girl’s arm, before she managed to pull away and the vehicle drove off towards Haxey.

Police described the suspect as white, in his late 40s or early 50s, with tanned skin, full facial stubble and long, dark messy hair. He was wearing a white shirt, with blue and red patterns on it and a green quilted waistcoat or body warmer over the top. His voice was deep and he spoke with a South Yorkshire accent.

Officers have still not made any arrests over the attempted abduction which took place at about 9.30pm on August 9.

Det Con Coates said the force had continued to treat this as a serious incident and would like to remind females in particular to be vigilant when out walking alone and asked anyone who recognised the man in the picture to come forward.

The other suspects on the most wanted list relate to crimes which mostly happened in Hull and Scunthorpe.

Anyone with information about the Westwoodside incident should contact Humberside Police on 101 quoting Crime reference 1923280.