Stranger ‘grabbed wrist of 3-year-old’ near school in Eccleshill (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Stranger ‘grabbed wrist of 3-year-old’ near school in Eccleshill
6:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
Police are reassuring parents after a three-year-old girl was allegedly grabbed on the wrist by a stranger, yards from a school.
The suspect is also alleged to have spoken inappropriately to the girl before fleeing when he was challenged by her mother.
A 61-year-old man is now in custody.
Police stressed it was an isolated incident and urged parents not to worry.
The school, which has more than 400 pupils, was alerted to the incident by a parent and sent out precautionary text messages to all parents to warn them what had happened.
A school insider said it did not take chances with the safety of its children if anything suspicious was reported.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police confirmed they were investigating an incident involving a child, and said a man had been arrested in Eccleshill on suspicion of common assault.
The spokesman said the girl was walking with her mother when she was approached by a man who allegedly took hold of her wrist and spoke to her inappropriately. He walked off after being challenged. The matter was reported to police and following inquiries, a 61-year-old Bradford man was arrested on Monday. He remained in custody for questioning yesterday.
Acting Inspector Dave Collyer, of the Eccleshill Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Police are carrying out inquiries into what we believe is an isolated incident and we will be carrying out extra patrols in the area this evening to reassure parents.”
Councillor Ralph Berry (Wibsey, Labour), in charge of children’s and young people’s services on Bradford Council, said: “It reminds parents that we have to be very careful and vigilant about the safety of our young children.
“It seems that people have acted with commendable vigilance and the police have taken prompt action. We need to let their inquiry take its course.”
Noreen Dunn, headteacher, said: “We have contacted all the parents of pupils at the school and have asked them to be extra vigilant when accompanying pupils to and from school.
“This is a matter which is being dealt with by the police, so therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further.”