12 Could 2022, 10:42 | Up to date: 12 Could 2022, 11:32
Police are looking for two males who tried to abduct a toddler however fled after the household canine attacked the abductors.
A lady and her two-year-old daughter have been approached by two males who confirmed an curiosity in her canine in Ringwood, Hampshire, simply earlier than 11am on Wednesday.
A police spokesperson stated: “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 younger lady, and her mom, are being supported by specialist officers who’re at this early stage attempting to establish the precise circumstances of what occurred and they’re at present coping with it as an tried kidnapping.”
The two men were described as being white, in their late 30s, both approximately 5ft 7ins, wearing caps – with one wearing light blue jeans and the other dark jeans.
Detective Inspector Janine Bradley, stated: “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 finishing up intensive enquiries within the native space – together with house-to-house visits, scoping CCTV and there will probably be high-visibility patrols within the space to reassure the neighborhood.
“If you happen to see our officers and have data pertaining to this incident, then please do communicate 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.”
Hampshire Police are urging witness to return ahead and be conscious of anybody who has suffered a brand new canine chunk to their leg.
A spokesperson added: “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.”
Anybody with data is requested to please name 101 quoting 44220185316 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.