A car salesman is on trial at Bradford Crown Court accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl he abducted from the street.

Qamar Malik is alleged to have pulled the child into a car, driven her around and molested her, weeks after twice trying to abduct a 12-year-old girl.

Malik, 28, of Parsonage Road, West Bowling, Bradford, pleads not guilty to kidnapping a girl on August 13 this year by unlawfully, and by force or fraud, taking or carrying her away.

He also denies sexual activity with the child by touching her chest and waist and two alleged offences of attempting to kidnap the older girl in July. Both the girls were strangers to Malik, the court was told.

Prosecutor Rupert Doswell said Malik stopped his car near to the 12-year-old girl, told her she was cute and asked her to sit in the vehicle. Days later, he followed her in a car, beckoned her over and asked for her phone number, it is alleged.

The girl ran off and sought help from a woman passer-by outside the mosque on Newman Street, Bradford, the jury was told.

Mr Doswell told the jury Malik had three convictions from Bradford Juvenile Court for indecently assaulting girls when he was 16. He dragged a girl under 16 into a snicket when she was on her paper round and groped her. In a second incident, he jumped on a schoolgirl in Manchester Road, knocked her down and sexually assaulted her.

Malik told the jury yesterday he was innocent of the kidnap allegations.

He agreed that the police spoke to him on August 3, warning him that complaints had been made that he was talking to young girls from a black Ford Focus, telling them they were beautiful. He said it was a case of mistaken identity.

The trial continues.