Statement from Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd following today’s Manchester Evening News story that Greater Manchester Police took four days to investigate an attempted child abduction in Gorton.
“The attempted abduction of children should always be given the highest possible priority and the public will be rightly astonished that this hasn’t happened on this occasion. I share the parents’ concerns and have asked the Chief Constable to look into this and give me a full explanation as to why it took four days for police to investigate what is obviously a very serious incident.
“I recognise how budget cuts have impacted on resources, however, it’s about the prioritisation of these resources to make sure the police provide the best possible service and, above all, keep our children and our communities safe.
“The public and I need assurance that this lack of priority can’t and will not be repeated and that the safety and protection of our children is of paramount importance to Greater Manchester Police.”