Hampshire Constabulary

Did you witness attempted abduction on woodland path on Thursday?

Press release   •   Apr 26, 2019 14:51 BST

Did you witness attempted abduction on woodland path on Thursday?

We are looking to speak with two people who were witnesses to an incident where a man attempted to pull a child away from her mother on a woodland footpath in Basingstoke.

The incident occurred between 4pm and 4.30pm on The Spinney footpath on Priestley Road, on Thursday, April 25.

The two year old girl was walking with her mother along the footpath in woodland that runs between North Hants Hospital and the Post Office sorting office.

The mother, who is in her 20s, was carrying the little girl when a man approached and attempted to pull the child out of her arms.

He was unsuccessful and made off.

We would like to speak to a man and a woman who were walking in the opposite direction and saw what happened.

The man chased after the suspect who ran towards the car park for North Hants Hospital.

A 25 year old man from Basingstoke has been identified and has been taken to a secure hospital unit.

Both the child and her mother were uninjured.

Basingstoke Chief Inspector Stuart Ratcliffe said: “I want to reassure the public that this was an extremely unusual and isolated incident.

“We have identified a suspect who remains in a secure unit at this time and officers will be following this up robustly.

“We would very much like to speak to the couple who were walking in the opposite direction and who witnessed this incident.”

If you saw what happened or you were in or around that location yesterday afternoon and saw anything unusual, please get in touch by calling 101 and quoting reference 44190142475.

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If you saw what happened or you were in or around that location yesterday afternoon and saw anything unusual, please get in touch by calling 101 and quoting reference 44190142475.