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Man arrested on suspicion of attempted kidnap

A 62-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an alleged abduction of a three-year-old girl in the Canary Islands.

Thames Valley Police arrested the man on suspicion of attempted kidnap in London last night following a public appeal.

Last year a family from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, were on holiday in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote, when a man is thought to have attempted to kidnap the girl in a shopping centre.

We arrested a man in the London area in connection with this incident earlier today.

The investigation is ongoing and I want to thank the public for their continued help.

– Det Con John Swallow, investigating officer

Police appeal over holiday 'child abduction attempt'

Thames Valley Police want to speak to this man in connection with an abduction attempt in Lanzarote in January.
Thames Valley Police want to speak to this man in connection with an abduction attempt in Lanzarote in January. Credit: Thames Valley Police

Thames Valley police are attempting to find a man who allegedly tried to snatch three-year-old girl in Lanzarote on January 30.

The family, from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, were on holiday in Costa Teguise when a man, believed to British, is said to have attempted to kidnap the girl in a shop.

The victim's father said he noticed she was missing and spotted her being led around the corner into an alleyway by a man, who was holding her by the hand. He said he shouted out and ran towards the pair, and the man immediately fled.

A short time later the family claim they saw the man, who spoke fluent English, and confronted him, but he fled before police arrived.

The family did however manage to get a picture of the alleged suspect, which police have released today. Investigating officer Detective Constable John Swallow said:

"We are working closely with the Spanish authorities and Interpol on this case and will continue to do so. We have reason to believe he may be a British citizen as he spoke fluent English and made references to being on holiday.

"I am appealing for anyone who recognises the man in the images or has information on his whereabouts to contact police as soon as possible."

Tributes for murdered grandmother, stabbed and beaten to death

A man will appear in court tomorrow charged with the murder of a grandmother found stabbed and beaten to death. 27-yearold Stewart Dale is accused of killing 55-year-old Jenny Hume. She was found early on Friday morning at a property in Horspath near Oxford.

Jenny Hume
Jenny Hume Credit: Thames Valley Police/PA Wire

Thames Valley Police released a tribute from Ms Hume's family: "She was a mother of three and a devoted grandmother of three. Her main interests were looking after her grandchildren and in her spare time she also enjoyed horse-riding."

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