WITNESS APPEAL - ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION, WAVERTREE, LIVERPOOL
Police in south Liverpool are appealing for information after a man
tried to abduct a young girl as she walked along a street in
Wavertree with her mum.
The incident happened at around midday on Friday as the 3 year old
girl was crossing Picton Road, opposite Southdale Road, with her
mum, towards the Wellington pub.
As the mum let go of her daughter's hand to get a pushchair
containing her baby onto the pavement, a man walked passed them both
and took the child's hand before continuing along Picton Road.
Within seconds, the girl's mum realised what had happened and
shouted at the man before grabbing her daughter and going to a
nearby nursery school to raise the alarm.
The man is believed to have continued along Picton Road towards
Picton Clock. The victim was not injured in any way but her mother,
who is 23, was left extremely shaken.
The offender is described as white, aged in his late 50s or early
60s, around 5ft 5ins - 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build, with
distinctive snow white hair which partially covered his ears. He was
clean shaven and was wearing a short-sleeved dark checked polo shirt
with a white collar and beige-coloured tracksuits bottoms.
He swayed as he walked and may have been drunk.
Police officers carried out a full search of the area, including all
the local pubs, but the offender could not be found.
Detective Inspector Paul Roche from Admiral Street CID, said:-
"This is a very disturbing incident that has caused a great of
distressed to the mother of this little girl. Thankfully, incidents
like this are very rare however we are concerned about this man's
behaviour and we need to trace him as soon as possible. Picton Road
would have been very busy at that time of day with a lot of
potential witnesses. Also, the description given to use is very
detailed so I am confident someone out there has seen him or knows
who he is. I would appeal to anyone who lives in the area and thinks
they know who this man is, or was in Picton Road at around midday
last Friday and saw something, to get in touch." Call
Liverpool South CID on:- 0151 777 5394 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800
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organisations from across the North West have been announced as
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