Police have released an artist’s impression of the man wanted in connection with the attempted abduction of an 11-year-old boy as he walked through a village alone at night.
The incident happened at about 8pm on Friday in the High Street in Roade and the victim was walking along the road from the Cock public house to the junction with The Leys when he saw two men in a white Ford Transit van.
The young boy told police that one man was sitting in the van and the other man was outside of it.
The victim told police that as he made his way towards the van, the man outside of it told him to get inside.
The young boy punched the man in the face and knocked him over and then the victim ran off home.
The victim was not injured in the incident.
Detective Inspector Nick Purdie said: “Although this is a worrying incident there haven’t been any other similar incidents.
“We are anxious to trace both the men and the van and we are appealing for any witnesses to come forward that can help us with these enquiries.”
The young boy was crying after the incident and ran past a man and a woman in the High Street.
The police would like this pair to come forward to help them with their enquiries.
The man is described as white, aged around 50, of average height and medium build. He had a bald head and big wide eyes. No clothing description was given to police.
The van drove off in the direction of Northampton Road and Hartwell Road.
Witnesses, or anyone with information, can call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.