Monday, 27 Mar 2023

Child seriously hurt after stranger snatches them from mum in the street | The Sun

A CHILD has been seriously injured after a stranger tried to abduct them in front of their mum.

The youngster, whose age has not been revealed, was walking in Bolton at around 6.30pm yesterday when the horror unfolded.

A man snatched the child from their mum and attempted to flee the scene.

Thankfully, hero passers-by rushed over to intervene and apprehended the suspect before police arrived.

Officers confirmed a 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and remains in custody.

The child was left seriously injured in the incident with their mum "very shaken".

Police confirmed the horror is being treated as "isolated" but have stepped up patrols in the area.

Detective Inspector Tony Lunt of GMP Bolton CID said: "I'd like to thank the quick work and bravery of members of the public who assisted in detaining a man who was arrested by officers.

"He has been taken into police custody where he will be questioned. This was an incredibly distressing incident during which a child received serious injuries.

"Although these are thankfully not life-threatening, the mother of the child was understandably very shaken by the incident and is receiving support from specialist officers at this time.

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"I understand the concerns it will raise in the community but I would like to reassure you that this is being treated as an isolated incident and there is not believed to be any wider threat to the community."

Police are now appealing for anyone who was in Mayor Street between 6:20pm and 6:40pm or who could have dashcam or CCTV footage to come forward.

Anyone with information can call police on 0161 85 65757 quoting 2896 of 21/02/2023.

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