A man grabbed a two-year-old child as he walked with his mum in York.
It happened at about 2.30pm yesterday (Tuesday 30 March).
A woman and her small son were walking on the iron bridge which runs over Huntington Road when the man approached them.
He took hold of the child. The child’s mother shouted at him, and two men in high-viz jackets approached him.
The suspect then let go of the child and ran off.
Although the mother and child were both very shaken, no one was injured. The two men checked on the mother and stayed with her for a short time.
Police enquiries began immediately, and a suspect was arrested later that day in connection with the incident. He remains in custody at this time.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “Residents can be reassured that York is a very safe place, and incidents of this nature are extremely rare. In this case, a suspect was quickly identified, arrested, and taken into custody.
“Enquiries are now ongoing to establish the full circumstances.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101, quoting reference 12210088176.
In particular, officers would like to speak to the two men in high-viz jackets, as they may be important witnesses.