Woman tries to abduct boy, 2, as mum screams for help in broad daylight at park

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A HORRIFIED mother’s screams stopped her son from being abducted by a woman in broad daylight at a popular park.

The woman grabbed the kid’s wrist and tried to pull him away near the bandstand of Sefton Park in Liverpool about 2.50pm on Sunday.

But his mother spotted what was happening and screamed, and the woman then fled the area.

Her son was unharmed but police said she was left “distressed”.

The suspect is described as a woman in her 50s, olive-skinned, 5ft tall, of medium build and with dark hair in a ponytail.

She was wearing a pale pink long-sleeved hoodie, grey tracksuit bottoms and trainers, and is described as scruffy and walking with a limp.

CCTV enquiries are ongoing.

Detective Inspector Simon Hurst, of Merseyside Police said: “Thankfully the child’s mother was alert and screamed at the woman, who made off.

“This incident is every parent’s worst nightmare, and will have been absolutely frightening to experience.

“We know that many people were in the area and, even if they didn’t witness the incident itself, may recognise the woman described. If so, please let us know and pass any description to us, as well as any CCTV, dashcam or mobile phone footage which may have inadvertently captured her image in photos or videos taken today in the area.

“I’d also like to assure people, who will be understandably worried that we take any reports of this nature extremely seriously. We’ll act on all information provided and are absolutely determined to find this woman and ensure that no such incidents happen again.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC or 101 quoting reference 20000425775 of 19 July.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.

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