‘Man grabbed boy, 4, and carried him to Icelandic shop’ before his desperate mother chased him and grabbed him – as police called for CCTV and witnesses
- Young boy was picked up by an ‘Asian man’ in his early 30s, about six feet tall
- The mother claims they were approached by the man outside a shoe repair shop
- He ran off towards Iceland on Walton Vale High Street in Liverpool
A four-year-old boy was reportedly snatched from a shoe store and taken by a stranger in Liverpool while shopping with his mother.
Police received reports that the boy had been arrested after he and his mother were approached by a man at Top Class Shoe Repairs on Liverpool’s Walton Vale Road around 12.45pm on Tuesday 10 May.
The mother claims that the suspect then carried the four-year-old girl across the road.
She told officers she followed her, grabbed her son and went to a nearby store.
The stranger then ran off towards Iceland, heading for Rice Lane, which is 43 meters from where he picked the boy up at Top Class Shoe Repairs.
Officers say the suspect is described as an Asian man in his early 30s, about six feet tall and stocky build.
Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact them for more information, while the mother posted a warning on Facebook.
A four-year-old boy was reportedly collected from Top Class Shoe Repairs at Walton Vale in Liverpool about 12.45pm on Tuesday 10 May (pictured).
The warning has been shared by thousands of local residents.
Community Police Inspector Sarah Rotherham said: ‘We have launched an investigation into this incident to determine the full circumstances.
“This happened during the day on a relatively busy road and we are calling on anyone who witnessed the incident to contact us.
“I also urge people who were in the area at the time to check your CCTV and dashcam footage that may have captured the incident.
The mother of the four-year-old boy reported to police that the man who had snatched her child was heading towards Iceland, south of the shoe repair shop, at Walton Vale, towards Rice Lane in Liverpool
“I also want to assure everyone that we take reports of this nature very seriously.
“We will take action based on any information provided and are determined to locate this man to ensure such incidents do not happen again.”
Anyone with information is requested to contact @MerPolCC or 101 quoting reference 20000320202. You may also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Source: New feed