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Richmond police hunt for child snatcher in Hampton Hill
Police have stepped up patrols and are appealing for information after an attempted abduction yesterday.
A man tried to grab a nine-year-old girl who was walking to school steps behind her mother at about 9am in St James’s Church yard, in St James’s Avenue, Hampton Hill.
The schoolgirl managed to escape from the man’s clutches without injury after she kicked him in the shin twice, causing him to cry out and release her.
The distressed mother said the man was wearing a grey hoodie and tracksuit bottoms and wore a plastic looking watch.
Richmond police have increased patrols in the area and said they are working with schools to raise awareness.
Chief Superintendent Clive Chalk, Borough Commander for Richmond said: “Whilst we do not wish to cause alarm amongst those in the local area I would ask the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us.
“I would also ask parents and carers to take the opportunity to remind their children how to stay safe.
“We would equally encourage anyone to alert police immediately by calling 999 if they are approached.”
Anyone with any information should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. In emergency dial 999.