A MAN in his late 60s has been arrested, charged and refused bail after allegedly trying to abduct a child on the NSW Mid North Coast.
The 68-year-old was arrested on Thursday, just hours after allegedly trying to snatch the nine-year-old boy from a store at Port Macquarie.
The boy was with his mum, who was printing photos in an electronic store on Short Street, about 3.30pm when the 68-year-old allegedly walked in and started speaking with him.
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Police said the man then left the store but returned a short time later and allegedly tried ushering the boy out of the building.
The boy’s mother intervened, stopping her son from leaving the store and yelling at the man as he left.
The mother and child reported the incident to officers at Port Macquarie Police Station.
Officers then attended the store just before 6pm and arrested the 68-year-old man who had returned to the business a third time.
He was taken to Port Macquarie Police Station where he was charged with attempting to take or detain a child with the intent to remove them from their parents.
The local man appeared at Port Macquarie Local Court today on Friday where he was formally refused bail until his second appearance on Wednesday, 17 July.
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