Man tried to abduct toddler

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man tried to walk off with a two-year-old girl in Hyde.

The incident happened at around 2.20pm on Monday, May 11, on Market Street in Hyde.

A mother was walking down the street with her two-year-old child when they were approached by a man who crouched down in front of the little girl and started talking to them both.

The man then picked the child up and began walking off quickly with her towards the market.

The girl’s mum gave chase and took the little girl back from him.

The man then walked off in the direction of market place.

The offender is described as Indian, approximately 5ft 11in tall, of slim build with dark/black short hair and with possibly a receding hairline. He is described as having brown stained teeth and believed to be in his late 30s or early 40s. He was wearing blue jeans with gold studs around the rear pockets and a pink and white horizontally striped polo shirt.

Detective Constable Anna Barker based at Hyde police station said: “Clearly this is a disturbing incident and I know members of the public will be worried when they hear news of this taking place.

“If there are any witnesses that saw this man after he walked off through the market place, or if you recognise him from the description as he was wearing a very distinctive jumper, then please get in touch with us so we can identify this offender as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at Hyde police station on 0161 856 9484 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.