Holiday 'Kidnap': Arrest

12 April 2013, 07:41

A man arrested on suspicion of trying to kidnap a three year old Milton Keynes girl in the Canary Islands has been released on bail.

A 62 year old man was arrested in London on Wednesday 10 April 2013 after a public appeal was launched by Thames Valley Police.

He was released on bail and told to report back to Milton Keynes police station in May.

The toddler's family were on holiday in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote in January 2012 when a man is thought to have attempted to abduct the toddler in a shopping centre.

The victim's father noticed she was missing, left a store and spotted the youngster being led around a corner into an alleyway by a man who was holding her by the hand.

He shouted out and ran up to his daughter, pulling her away from the man who then left the scene.

The family were on the beach a short time later and saw the same man, who spoke fluent English, sitting between some rocks and acting suspiciously.

The victim's father confronted the suspect, but he left before police arrived.

The quick-thinking family took photos of the man in an attempt to identify him.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman explained the delay in issuing the public appeal was due to Spanish police having to exhaust their investigation before the appeal to find the man could move to Britain.

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