Mum’s alert after Rainworth child snatch bid

A SHOCKED mum has warned other parents to be extra vigilant after three men attempted to abduct her 11-year-old son in Rainworth last Tuesday.

The boy was walking along Rufford Avenue at around 3.40pm on 13th March when he was spoken to by the three men at a bus stop.

He ran away after being called over and told the police that the men drove off in a small white Transit-style van.

Now his mum, who has not been named, wants other parents to keep their eyes open for further sightings and is urging schools to warn pupils about the dangers of talking to strangers.

“My initial reaction was disbelief, it is not something that you think is going to happen to you in your own village,” she said.

“My son was scared and confused afterwards, he ran (to his grandmother’s house) and told me about it later when he was back home.”

In November last year, 43-year-old Shaun Tudor, of no fixed address, was jailed for attempting to rape a 10-year-old boy in woodland near Third Avenue in Rainworth in July.

The attack happened just minutes after he had been given unescorted leave from St Andrew’s Healthcare on the Sherwood Oaks Business Park.

“After what happened last year we have only just started letting him go out a further with his friends, with the nights becoming lighter,” she added.

“We’re shocked that it has happened, you don’t think it will happen to your own flesh and blood, but he managed to give a good description to the police.

“I think schools need to remind children of the dangers of being approached by strangers, we’ve also being contacting other parents on Facebook to alert them to what happened.”

The men were white, of stocky build, with local accents and the boy described them as scruffy-looking and around 40 years old.

One of the men wore a blue hooded jumper and jogging bottoms.

Police have been liaising with local schools and carrying out high visibility patrols around the schools at key times - like break times and the beginning and end of the school day.

Witnesses or anyone with information about the identity of the men should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.