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Woman arrested after attempted abduction of girl, two, in the street

A 23-year-old woman was arrested after reports of an attempted abduction of a girl, two, on Tunstall Road in Beeston, Leeds Credit: Google Maps

A two-year-old girl was snatched from her mother in the street by a stranger before a "public-spirited" passerby retrieved the child.

A 23-year-old woman was arrested in connection with the incident in Leeds, West Yorkshire, yesterday afternoon.

Police were called to the scene on Tunstall Road in Beeston, Leeds at 4.29pm.

The man who stepped in to take back the child detained the woman until officers arrived.

This was clearly a very distressing incident for the little girl and her mother.

We obviously have an active investigation with a suspect in custody so are limited in what we can say but we would like to recognise the public-spirited actions of the man who intervened.

– Detective Inspector Charlotte Hails, of Leeds District CID