Attempted abduction of girl in Sheffield has 'shaken us all', says councillor

A Sheffield councillor has told how the attempted abduction of a schoolgirl in the community he represents has ‘shaken us all’.

Friday, 14th February 2020, 5:03 pm
Updated Monday, 17th February 2020, 4:11 pm

The 11-year-old girl was with her four-year-old sister when they were approached by a man on East Bank Road, in Arbourthorne, yesterday, Thursday, February 14, at 6.30pm.

South Yorkshire Police, who said both girls had escaped unharmed and raised the alarm, today revealed they had arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the incident following a CCTV appeal.

Park and Arbourthorne councillor Ben Miskell said: “People on the estate have had a difficult few months, but news of the attempted abduction has really shaken us all.”

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Councillor Ben Miskell

He claimed what happened had left many families in the area feeling nervous about their own children, but told how the increased police presence there had ‘provided some reassurance’.

“We hope that officers will be able to bring to justice whoever is responsible,” he added.