Man accused of child abduction attempt in Lowestoft is cleared

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: SIMON PARKER - Credit: Archant

A 58-year-old man accused of attempting to abduct a nine-year-old girl from outside a supermarket in Lowestoft has been cleared after the case against him was dropped.

Paul Andrews, of no fixed address, was arrested following an alleged incident at North Quay Retail Park on June 10 after a woman reported that a man had approached her daughter.

Andrews pleaded not guilty to attempting to abduct the girl.

Andrew Thompson, prosecution, said a decision to offer no further evidence had been taken after he advised the Crown Prosecution Service there wasn't sufficient evidence to continue the prosecution.

Judge Rupert Overbury recorded a not guilty verdict on the court record.

Robert Pollington, for Andrews, said his client's three dogs had been in kennels while he had been held in custody and was advised to apply for the £630 cost to be refunded to him.