Man ‘tried to snatch two-year-old girl’ from kid’s park before horrified mother rescued her daughter


A MAN tried to snatch a two-year-old girl from a kid’s park in broad daylight, police said.

The suspect had tried to lead the little girl from Royal Wootton Bassett play park on Sunday when the mother realised what was happening.

She then immediately grabbed her daughter and the man walked out of the park near Cloatley Crescent and Churn Way. 

Wiltshire Police have now launched an investigation – saying the terrifying incident had caused “anxiety and upset” for the mother.

Det Insp Paul Hacker said police had already conducted extensive enquiries but there was no CCTV available.

He said: “Understandably, this incident has caused anxiety and upset to those involved and no doubt this news will cause further concern amongst the local community – at this stage of our investigation we are keeping an open mind as to what the man’s intentions may have been.

“It is possible that there may be an innocent explanation to this and if that is the case, we would still like to speak to the man involved to understand exactly what this was.

“Rest assured we are leaving no stone unturned in our enquiries to identify him.”

The mother, in her 20s, had been at the park about 11.30am on Sunday, with a number of children at the park at the time.

Police said the mother had only “looked away briefly” when the man had approached her daughter.

The man is described as tanned, 30-40 years of age, approximately 5ft 11in tall and of average build. He had a polo-shirt-type top on with long shorts. 

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote crime reference number 54200073762.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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