Police are appealing for information following the attempted abduction of two young girls in Bolton. 

Officers say a 10-year-old girl was approached by a man driving a white van on Broadford Road at around 3.20pm on Wednesday (September 23). 

The man tried to persuade the girl to go with him.

The next day, at around 3.30pm, a second child - aged nine - was also approached in the same area on Armadale Road. 

The man, in a white van, also asked her to go with him. Both girls ran away and raised the alarm to others. 

At the time of both incidents, the man, described as Asian with a bald head and facial hair, was wearing a high-vis jacket and black trousers.

Detective sergeant Robert Parker, of GMP’s Bolton division, said: "These are two incredibly concerning incidents, and thankfully, in both cases, neither of the children were persuaded to go with this man.

"I would like to reassure the community that we are doing everything we can to find this man and have increased patrols in the area whilst we investigate these incidents. If you have any concerns at all please do speak to our officers.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed either of these incidents or seen a man who fits this description driving a white van in the area.

"If you have seen anything suspicious at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch with police as a matter of urgency."

Anyone with any information can contact police on 0161 856 5757, quoting incident number 740 of 24/09/2020.

Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.