Child Snatch Attempt Investigated

Detectives investigate child snatch allegation in Southampton.

Were you in Riverside Park, Southampton on Friday, August 17th? Did you see anything unusual? 

Detectives are investigating an allegation that a man attempted to walk off with a 3 year old girl.

This very unusual incident occurred at approximately 3.30pm near to the miniature railway and close to the children's play park. 

The child was playing near to her mother when a man came along and lifted her up into his arms.

The mother immediately challenged the man and took her daughter from him. 

The man then continued walking in the direction towards Cobden Bridge. 

He is described as: 

· White with a slight tan

· Aged 35 -40 years old 

· 5 ft 6 to 5ft 7ins tall

· Slim build

· Gaunt face with prominent cheekbones 

· Very short dark hair but not receding 

· Stubbly goatee with stubble around the face and wrinkles around the eyes and greasy skin 

· Local accent

· He was wearing a black T-shirt and dark baggy stonewashed jeans 

If you saw this incident or the man immediately before or afterwards, please contact Bitterne CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.