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