May 22, 2022, 18:16

    Girl, 2, snatched by men in attempted kidnap before they are bitten by dog fleeing

    Girl, 2, snatched by men in attempted kidnap before they are bitten by dog fleeing

    Police are hunting two men who attempted to kidnap a two-year-old girl.

    The incident happened as a woman was with her daughter and her dog in The Mount, Ringwood, Hampshire, between 10.40am and 10.50am on Wednesday, May 11.

    A Hampshire police spokesman said: "A woman and her two-year-old daughter were approached by two men who showed an interest in her dog.

    "The woman reported that one of the men then picked up her daughter and ran with her towards a nearby housing estate. The child was let go after the dog bit the man on his leg.

    "The young girl, and her mother, are being supported by specialist officers who are at this early stage trying to ascertain the exact circumstances of what happened and they are currently dealing with it as an attempted kidnapping."

    The two men are described as white, in their late 30s, both approximately 5ft 7ins tall, wearing caps – with one wearing light blue jeans and the other dark jeans.

    Hampshire Police say they are dealing with the incident as an attempted kidnap

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    Detective Inspector Janine Bradley said: "We fully appreciate that this incident will have a significant impact on the community, and we want to reassure the public that we are taking this report very seriously.

    "Our officers are carrying out extensive inquiries in the local area – including house-to-house visits, scoping CCTV and there will be high-visibility patrols in the area to reassure the community."

    Speaking with the Southern Daily Echo, Detective Bradley warned the public they might see increased patrols in the area.

    She said: “If you see our officers and have information pertaining to this incident, then please do speak with them.

    “This occurred in a residential area, during broad daylight, and we would implore anyone who may have seen or heard what happened to come forward. Perhaps you are aware of someone who has today suffered a dog bite to their leg?

    The force warned there will be increased police presence in the local area

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    "Any information, no matter how small or insignificant you believe it to be, could really help aid our ongoing investigation and identify those responsible."

    “Likewise, we would like to ask local residents to review any CCTV or doorbell camera footage that they may have which may have captured the moments leading up to, during or after the incident, to make contact with us.”

    The force has asked for anyone with information to call them on 101, quoting 44220185316 or by anonymously contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

    Ringwood Police released a statement on their Facebook page earlier this afternoon, addressing the concerns of the local community.

    The post read: "We are aware that there are reports in the community about an attempted kidnapping incident earlier today in the local area – and we can now confirm that we're investigating and are making a plea for any witnesses to come forward."


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