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Oxford bus stop girl, 16, 'attempted kidnap'

  • 31 December 2013
  • From the section Oxford
The bus stop on St Clement's Street, close to the junction with Caroline Street
Image caption The man first approached the girl at a bus stop on St Clement's Street, close to Caroline Street

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to kidnap a 16-year-old girl while she waited for a bus in Oxford.

The man first approached the girl in a car at a bus stop on St Clement's Street at about 23:15 GMT on Sunday.

After refusing to get into his car she got on a bus to London Road where the same man got out of his car and touched her on the shoulder. She then ran away.

A 29-year-old Oxford man arrested on suspicion of attempted kidnap has been released on bail until 7 January.

The girl was uninjured but police said she was "left shaken".

'Rare incident'

The offender, who was wearing dark trousers and a dark hooded top, was thought to be driving a dark-coloured car.

Police said another man who was standing at the St Clement's Street bus stop, which is close to the junction with Caroline Street, and was on his phone at the time, spoke to the girl.

Officers are appealing for him and any other witnesses to come forward.

The girl caught the number 8 bus and got off on London Road, opposite the junction with Gladstone Road, at about 23:30.

Investigating officer Det Con Gurinder Sangha, of Oxford CID, said: "This sort of incident is rare but was frightening for the lone girl and I would like to reassure the public that we are treating it extremely seriously."

He added the "local neighbourhood team" would be patrolling in the area.

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