Investigations After Attempt To Lead Boy Away From Mum in Manchester

17 August 2011, 14:28

Police in South Manchester want to speak to two men after they tried to lead a boy away from his mum.

Detectives have released an e-fit of the men.

It happened just before 1.30pm on Saturday 15 August 2011, a 21-year-old woman was walking the path on Dinmor Road, Woodhouse Park, with her two-year-old son.

Her son was walking behind her while she pushed his buggy when they walked past two men near to St Anthony's primary school.

One of the men took hold of her son by the hand and asked him to walk with him.

The woman heard the man, turned around and shouted so the man let go of the boy and both men laughed and ran off towards Portway.

The man who took the boy by the hand is described as white, 5ft 7in tall, aged 30 to 35, of slim build with cropped black hair. He was wearing a lime green round-neck t-shirt, blue jeans and white trainers. He was described as Eastern European-looking.

The second man was described as white, 5ft 7in tall, of stocky build with mousey brown hair that was short but slightly longer than the first man's hair. He was wearing a navy blue waterproof tracksuit-style jacket with a red strip down one arm, blue jeans and black trainers.

Detective Constable Pam Collins, based at South Manchester CID, said:

'Obviously, the mother of the boy was left very upset and shaken by what happened so we are determined to find these men.

'We do not know whether these men thought this was funny or were genuinely trying to take this little boy but we are taking no chances and are treating it as seriously as it might have been.

'Please take a good look at this e-fit and if it reminds you of someone, let us know. We are also appealing directly to the men to come forward: if this was a prank, please just come forward and tell us so because it might put this young mother's mind at rest.

'Also, if you saw something on Saturday or remember something that you think might be relevant, please contact us.

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