REPORTS on social media of an attempted abduction were false and turned out to be a man trying to carry out a citizen's arrest.

Police were called to the incident in Captain Street at around 9pm on Thursday and established that the man was trying to make a citizen's arrest in response to a takeaway window that had been smashed in Lee Lane, Horwich.

A widely-shared post on Facebook claimed that a man had been seen trying to abduct a youngster in the street.

The man has since been spoken to and enquiries into the criminal damage incident are ongoing.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference number 2179 of August 10.