A MUM has told of the terrifying moment two women tried to “kidnap” her three-year-old daughter at a busy shopping centre.
Athena noticed two men following her and then two women suddenly grabbed her little girl by the hand and tried to walk off.
Athena, who was pushing a pram, managed to pull her daughter back before the two women and the men ran off.
The mum said she has alerted police to the attempted abduction, which happened at Guildhall Shopping Centre in Stafford, Staffordshire around 5.10pm on July 22.
Athena wrote on Facebook: “This is a warning to parents to be careful and watch their smaller children like an eagle while shopping in Stafford.
“I had one little one in the pram and a three-year-old holding the side of the pram whilst out in town. I walked to the market in the Guildhall.
“I turned my head to look in a shop window when two foreign men walked off in front after following us around.
“Then two foreign ladies were speeding walking past grabbed the child’s arm and tried walking off with her.
“Luckily I grabbed her other arm and the two women ran off to the men before we could say anything.
“I was going out the double doors in Guildhall out towards Cash Converters at the time.
“My daughter was shook up a little bit but I don’t think she really knew what was going on as we were looking at the toys in the window so she was more interested in that.”
She said one of the men was 6ft with dark hair, while the other was 6ft 3in to 6ft 5in with dark hair and stubble.
Of the two women, Athena said one was 5ft 5in with a chubby build and brown hair and the other was around 5ft 2in, chubby with black hair.
Other parents were shocked at learning about Athena’s experience after she shared the warning on the Facebook group.
One mum commented: “This happened to me a few years ago. A group of four (two females, two males) tried to walk off with my daughter in her buggy.
“When I confronted him the rest blocked me in the isle and got away, luckily not with my child. It haunts me every time I go in the shop.”
Another one added: “This is not the first time in Stafford town centre.
“I don’t even shut my eyes to blink if I go into town with them [her children]now!”
Anyone with information has been asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101.