Salford child abduction 'false alarm'

Police in Salford say a reported child abduction on Friday was a false alarm.

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Police: Salford child abduction was "false alarm"

Police in Salford say a reported child abduction on Friday was a false alarm.

Officers investigated the circumstances surrounding the report that a man had momentarily abducted a three-year-old girl at a block of flats in the Patricroft area.

“We have spoken to witnesses, viewed CCTV and made extensive enquiries to verify what has taken place. We are now happy that this was a misunderstanding.

“From what the three-year-old child’s mum saw she was right to be concerned and right to report this to the police.

“The child momentarily moved from the area where she was playing and the man described saw her running towards the road and was bringing her back to where she had come from."

– Detective Inspector Ben Hart

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Attempted abduction of three year old girl

Police are hunting a man who tried to abduct a three year old girl in Salford this afternoon.

He lifted her over the fence of a garden in Patricroft and was attempting to walk off with her. The girl's mum immediately challenged him and he quickly left the area. The girl was not physically injured in any way.

The man was described as being of eastern European appearance, around 5ft 8in tall, of medium build and with black, short but tightly curled hair. He was described as wearing a red and white baseball cap, red jacket and red trainers.

“We do not know what this man’s intentions were, but nevertheless are very concerned about this incident and we have launched a criminal investigation led by a team of experienced detectives."

– Detective Inspector Benjamin Hart
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