Police hunt Salford motorist who tried to kidnap schoolgirls and drag them into car

The teenager was approached by a man who tried to pull her in a car on Monton Green - and he may have struck three times in the area.

Police in Salford are hunting a man who tried to drag a schoolgirl into a car - and may have tried to do the same to two others.

The 15-year-old was approached by a man at a bus stop between the two roundabouts on Monton Green, Monton, at 6.15pm on Monday (21 November). Police said it is believed that he ‘made advances’ to the 15-year-old and tried to physically get her to go with him to his car, a dark hatchback thought to be a Vauxhall Astra with something silver on the wing mirror. And police believe the same man could be responsible for two more similar incidents in Salford, which took place in other areas of the borough and involved two more teenage girls, aged 13 and 15.

Detectives are now keen to speak to anyone who may have dashcam footage pertaining to the following locations:

  • Rocky Lane/Monton Green/Monton High Street on Monday 21 November 2022 between 6-7pm.
  • Mossfield Road/Ackworth Road, Swinton on Monday 21 November 2022 between 8-9am.
  • Liverpool Street (Salford), between Fitzwarren Street and Albion Way on Wednesday 16 November 2022 between 7:45-8:20pm.
Police want to trace this car seen on Monton Road in Salford
Police want to trace this car seen on Monton Road in Salford
Police want to trace this car seen on Monton Road in Salford

Detective Inspector Chris Horsfield from Salford Division said: “The victims have been left extremely shaken up by this encounter and it’s very important that we get this man identified and off the streets as soon as possible. We believe that the man we want to speak to may have been driving a dark-coloured hatchback car, but we need to review dashcam footage to identify the make, model and registration plate.

“We are appealing to drivers in the areas on the dates and times above to please submit their dashcam footage to us, so our specialised officers can go through and analyse it.

“You can contact us on 0161 856 8361 (voicemail facility), by dialling 101 or using the LiveChat function on our website here, quoting log number 2786 of 21/11/22.”

Officers have asked anyone with footage to email [email protected] with your name and contact number and GMP can send instructions with how to upload footage.