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Parents warned over attempted abduction

Parents have been warned to stay vigilant afterthe attempted abduction of a nine-year-old girl.

The child was grabbed in Hampton Hill, Richmond, south west London, yesterdaybut managed to kick her way free.

Detectives are appealing for information and stressed that they are treating the attempted abduction "extremely seriously".A man who was wearing a grey hooded top andjogging bottoms with white trainers and a grey plastic watch struck at around8.30am in St James Avenue.

He grabbed the girl from behind, picked her uparound the waist and carried her towards Park Road.

She managed to kick out, forcing him to let go, and was able to run home.


Anyone with information can contact Richmondpolice on 0208 247 7187 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

"I would ask the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us. I want to reassure parents and carersthat we are treating this extremely seriously. Officers are working hard toidentify the suspect wanted in connection with this attempted abduction andenquiries into this incident continue. We would equally encourage anyone to alert police immediately by calling999 if they are approached. Safer Neighbourhoods Teams are continuing to work closelywith local schools and, where necessary, have increased patrols."

– Chief Supt Clive Chalk, Richmond Police

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British backpacker 'very fortunate' to be alive

A British backpacker who went missing for three days in the Australian outback said he felt "very fortunate" to be alive, in an interview with Sky News.

Sam Woodhead
Sam Woodhead was missing for three days. Credit: Family handout

Sam Woodhead became lost after going out for a jog from the Queensland cattle station where he was working.

The 18-year-old lost two stone in weight and survived the blistering 40C heat by drinking contact lens fluid and his own urine.

Woodhead said: "It was a really amazing feeling to be picked up and realise that I was actually going to make it through...and it wasn't going to be the end."

Claire Derry, Sam's mother, said: "His birth was one of the best moments of my life, and this is pretty close to it, getting him back again, because I was pretty convinced it was touch and go. I did an awful lot of praying during that flight."

Watch: Family overwhelmed after missing backpacker is found.

Backpacker due to be released from hospital

The backpacker who went missing in the Australian outback for three days is due to be released from a Queensland hospital later today.

Sam Woodhead has been recovering there after he got lost whilst out jogging.

Sam Woodhead survived for three days by drinking contact lens solution
Sam Woodhead survived for three days by drinking contact lens solution

The 18 year-old survived by drinking by contact lens solution before being found on Friday and was transferred to a hospital in Longreach where he has been since.

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