A man grabbed hold of a two-year-old girl’s hand in Bradford yesterday in what police are describing as a “suspicious incident”.

The girl was walking with her mum near Ashton House on Park Road, which is at the bottom of Manchester Road, when the man approached at about 2.45pm.

He took hold of the girl’s hand before being distracted and letting go, said police.

The man made off on foot in the direction of the Lidl store on Manchester Road. He is described as dark-skinned, possibly aged in his 40s, tall and thin with black hair cut in a bob style. He spoke in a foreign language and was wearing a black jacket over a white hooded top, blue jeans and trainers.

Det Insp Ryan Bragg, of Bradford CID, said: “Although this appears to be an isolated incident, parents are urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately to police.”

Any witnesses to the incident are asked to contact Bradford CID on 101.