A "SUSPICIOUS incident" involving a 14-year-old boy that allegedly occured in Holders Road in Amesbury did not actually take place, say Wiltshire Police. 

Officers were investigating a report of a man driving a white van who grabbed a 14-year-old boy and attempted to get him inside his vehicle on Monday evening.

The force has now said that "rigorous lines of enquiry have been carried out since we initially received the report, and [we] are satisfied that the incident did not take place."

A statement from the police continued: "Reports of this nature are taken extremely seriously and as part of our investigation, extensive CCTV enquiries were conducted, as well as house-to-house enquiries and multiple interviews.

"Social media posts relating to this incident have been shared extensively with information about a vehicle which it claimed was involved – we were able to quickly eliminate this vehicle and its owner from our enquiries."

The child involved was formally interviewed and given words of advice.

Det Con Mike Boshier said: “Reports of this nature, understandably, cause concern within our communities and I’d like to thank the public for their patience while we conducted our investigation, which has now been closed. 

“We will always take reports like this seriously and I hope this incident does not deter children and young people from reporting suspicious activity when they experience it within our community.”

Enquiries into a separate incident which occurred near Stonehenge School on Saturday evening are continuing.