Investigation launched into potential attempted child abduction

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Police are investigating a report that a man tried to entice a 10-year-old boy into his car.

The disturbing incident is alleged to have happened in Brunswick Square, Penrith.

Officers are investigating and are appealing for the help of the public.

Cumbria Police said the man, who is thought to be about 25, was stood next to a small white hatchback and tried to invite the boy into his vehicle.

He is described as being of slim build with short, dark hair and stubble.

The incident happened shortly before 4pm on Wednesday.

Police are appealing for anyone with information – or anyone who has witnessed similar incidents – to contact officers on 101.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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