A 48-year-old local woman has been arrested in connection with two attempted child abductions in Market Rasen yesterday (Tuesday April 14).
An incident was reported to Lincolnshire Police just after 3.45pm after a woman was reported to have tried to grab a nine-year-old girl outside Boots chemist on Queen Street.
During that investigation it was found that a similar incident, believed to involve the same woman and a four-year-old boy, had occurred minutes earlier in McColl’s newsagents on Queen Street.
Nobody was injured in either incident but the children were left shaken up.
DI Pete Grayson, who is leading the enquiry, said: “These incidents will understandably be of great concern to the local community, to parents and to families, and I would like to make it clear that they are isolated and one-off occurrences; we have had no further reports of anything of this nature having taken place.
“We have a suspect in custody and are not looking for anyone else in connection with this investigation.
“The last thing we want is for parents or children to feel unsafe in the Market Rasen area. We will have extra officers in the area today who we would actively encourage people to approach and talk to if you have any concerns at all.
“We have a number of enquiries to progress today and will be interviewing the arrested woman in due course. If anyone was in the immediate area of McColl’s or Boots on Queen Street at about 3.45pm yesterday I would ask them to contact us so that one of the officers working on this investigation can speak to you”.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting incident 247 of 14/04/2015.