Attempted abduction in Bathgate

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WOMEN have been urged to be on their guard after a van driver tried to abduct a teenage girl at a bus stop.

The 14-year-old was waiting for a bus in Bathgate, West Lothian, when she was approached by a man who tried to force her into a white van.

The girl, who was left badly traumatised by her ordeal, managed to escape and was helped by a passerby. The attacker jumped back into his vehicle and sped off.

Det Sgt Paul Carroll, the officer in charge of the investigation, said the victim was “shaken” by the incident but had been helping police with their investigation.

He said: “The man got out and walked towards the bus stop and approached the girl. He grabbed hold of her arm and demanded that she get into the small van.

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