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. 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."