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Man arrested over Coventry child snatch attempt

Detectives investigating an abduction attempt in Coventry that saw a young girl grabbed as she pushed her bike have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted kidnap.

Police were alerted at 4.15pm on Sunday (Sept 24) after the 10-year-old reported a man taking hold of her arm as she walked in Poole Road, Radford.

The youngster managed to struggle free as a member of the public intervened and escaped with just minor grazes having fallen to the floor.

She provided a detailed description of the attacker and his vehicle during an interview with specially-trained West Midlands Police officers.

And last night police arrested a 40-year-old Coventry man in the Tile Hill area of the city and seized a vehicle suspected of being used during the offence.

A 40-year-old Coventry man is now in police custody
A 40-year-old Coventry man is now in police custody

Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Burton, said: “Clearly this was a worrying incident and the enquiry was prioritised with additional officers drafted in to help with an extensive CCTV trawl of the area.

“Enquiries led us to the Tile Hill area of Coventry at around 7.15pm last night where we arrested a man on suspicion of attempted kidnap.

“We’re still keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident and has not yet spoken to us – or who saw a blue 5-door Peugeot 307 driving in the area of Poole Road, Radford, on Sunday afternoon.”

Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on the 101 number quoting crime reference number 20CV/204103U/17 − or call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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