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Police release image of suspect after attempted child kidnap in southwest London | UK News

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Police have released a CCTV image of a man they suspect tried to kidnap a nine-year-old girl by promising her sweets on her way home from school.

She left Wandsworth, southwest London, on 2 November and boarded a bus on Putney High Street at around 4.45pm.

When she got off at Dover Park Drive around 15 minutes later, she saw a man sitting at the stop.

He tried to speak to her and encourage her to go back to his house with him, saying he would give her some treats.

But the girl refused – and when she ran away, the suspect, described as a tall, black man wearing dark clothes, chased her home.

As she got close to the building, he tried to grab her hair, but she managed to escape from him and get inside and shut the door behind her.

Lead investigator, Detective Constable Matt Morse, from the Metropolitan Police, said: “While incidents like this are rare we are very keen to trace this man and would urge anyone who can identify him to come forward.”

:: Anyone with information is being urged to call police on 101 quoting the reference 5937/02NOV.

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