A man has been jailed for child abduction and for possession of indecent images of children.
Rhys Seymour (born 06/09/1994) from Walmersley, Bury, has been sentenced to 3 years and 8 months in prison, given a lifetime Sexual Offences Prevention Order and will be listed on the Sex Offenders register for life after pleading guilty to two counts of child abduction, one count of attempted child abduction and 24 counts of possession of indecent imagery.
On 3 and 8 May 2014, Police received reports that a man had been offering two children, aged 7 and 8, money in Clarence Park to play games in the woods.
No children were physically harmed and ran away after being approached.
Following a Police investigation a man was arrested on 12 May 2014, and subsequent searches of his mobile phone uncovered several indecent images of children.
Detective Constable Dave Looby said: “Seymour was predatory in his actions, waiting for an opportunity to lure his victims into wooded areas away from the gaze of their family members.
“Luckily the children were clever enough to run away before Seymour was able to cause them any harm, but that should not take anything away from the seriousness of these offences.
“We are also taking steps to try and make children in the area safer.
“Officers from our neighbourhood policing teams are working with schools in the area to reiterate the importance of children understanding ‘stranger danger’ and ensuring there is an avenue to report similar behaviour to the Police.”