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Man charged with trying to kidnap 14-year-old girl

Man charged with trying to kidnap 14-year-old girl

A 41-year-old man has been charged with possessing a knife and the attempted kidnap of a 14-year-old girl with the intent to commit a sexual offence.

Roger Seath, no fixed address, was arrested after members of the public alerted police to a suspicious man following and attempting to stop and talk to the teenager in Southsea, Portsmouth, on Wednesday.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court later.

A Hampshire Police spokeswoman said: "Our advice to the public remains the same - stay alert but not alarmed. Remain vigilant and remind children and teenagers of stranger danger. Report anything or anyone suspicious to 101, or call 999 in an emergency."