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Attempted child abduction sparks hunt

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Police are searching for a man and his vehicle after an attempted abduction and assault on a child in Tasmania's North-West.

41-year-old Cecil Maurice Mabb from Rosebery is wanted in relation to the alleged incident at Montagu Campground near Smithton last night.

He's thought to be driving a white/silver 2008 Mazda flat tray single cab ute with Queensland registration plates 317XNR, and is thought to be in the Arthur River area, where the police helicopter is currently assisting.

The minor was injured but didn't require hospital treatment.

“We were in contact with the man last night and have units working to locate him. This incident is of clear concern and we are working to locate him urgently,” Detective Inspector Shane LeFevre said.

“Anyone who sees him or his vehicle is asked to call police immediately. As always when we ask for public assistance we ask that members of the public don’t approach him but call police immediately.”