Ashtead 'abduction bid' suspect eliminated from inquiry

A man in his 60s arrested over the attempted abduction of a child in Ashtead, Surrey has been eliminated from the police investigation.

The man, from Leatherhead, was arrested on Tuesday after the attempted abduction of an 11-year-old boy in Ashtead earlier the same day.

Surrey Police said a man put his hand on the boy's shoulder in Berry Meade before telling him to go with him.

The boy was able to get away and raise the alarm.

Det Insp Antony Archibald said officers believed the case was an isolated incident.

"This remains very much a live investigation and I urge anyone who has information which may assist detectives to contact us as a matter of urgency," he said.

Sgt John Pearson said some parents had been worried about the safety of their children.

"Unhelpful speculation on social media has unduly raised concerns but local officers will do all they can to reassure the community," he said.

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