Man arrested over attempted child abduction outside Tipton school

A man has this afternoon been arrested on suspicion of attempting to snatch a child outside a Tipton school.

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The suspected snatch attempt happened outside Glebefields Primary School this morning. The man allegedly offered a 10-year-old boy sweets to get into his car, West Midlands Police said.

Officers were called to the school in Sandgate Road, at 8.30am this morning. Officers made inquiries around the area and nearby schools and traced a white car to an address nearby where a 26-year-old man was arrested this afternoon.

Headteacher Mrs Penny Thompson said: "There was an incident at the school this morning when a man in a white car tried to entice a young child into his car at about 8.30am.

"The year six pupil did exactly the right thing and rushed into the school to tell us what had happened.

"We phoned the police and I went out to inform parents what had occurred and I have sent text warnings so that parents know the situation."

A parent at the school, who did not wish to be named, said: "The head was outside the school telling parents what had gone on.

"It's very scary to think this has happened - that somebody offered a child sweets to get into their car. It's very concerning."

Police spokeswoman Deb Edmonds said: "A 26-year-old Tipton man has been arrested this afternoon on suspicion of attempted child abduction.

"Police were called to Sandgate Road in Tipton at 8.30am this morning after a 10-year-old boy alleged that a man offered him sweets in his car.

"Officers made extensive inquiries at local schools and traced a vehicle to a nearby address where the man was arrested this afternoon."