Attempted abduction: Facebook rumours unfounded, Scunthorpe police say
Police investigating the apparent attempted abduction of an 11-year-old girl in Scunthorpe say unfounded rumours spread via social networks are "causing panic" and risk harming their investigation.
As reported, detectives are searching for a motorist who is alleged to have pulled over and grabbed at a girl walking in Annes Crescent on Friday.
Officers say it is the only incident that has been reported to them.
However, a number of posters on social networks including Facebook have speculated about other, rumoured incidents, none of which have been reported.
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A police spokesman said these hoax reports were causing parents unnecessary concern and risked getting in the way of their investigation.
He said: "Police are asking the public to be careful when posting what are rumours on social media websites.
"If you have any genuine concerns or information relating to such an incident please do not hesitate to call Humberside Police right away on 101."
The incident in Annes Crescent happened on Friday at about 3.05pm.
The girl was about to cross the road when a car pulled over. The driver is alleged to have grabbed the victim's arm - but she hit out at him and ran away.
The suspect is a white man who drove a black, five-door car, "similar to a Mercedes", with what was described as "a badge on the front of the bonnet that stood up".
He is described as in his forties with a bald head and a full beard, which was dark brown but greying. He was wearing a red chequered shirt, navy blue jeans and mirrored sunglasses with black frames.
Anyone with information should call Humberside Police on 101, quoting log 440 of October 5, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.