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Detectives from Richmond CID are appealing for information after receiving an allegation of an attempted abduction of a nine-year-old girl on Thursday 14 March.
The alleged incident is believed to have taken place shortly after 08:30hrs in St James Avenue, Hampton Hill, TW12.
The suspect is believed to be a man wearing a grey hooded top, grey jogging bottoms, white trainers and a grey plastic style watch.
The victim was approached from behind and was picked up from around the waist. She was carried off towards Park Road, TW12.
She was able to kick out at the suspect who released his grip and she made her way back to the family home.
The victim was not physically hurt.
Chief Superintendent Clive Chalk, Borough Commander for Richmond said:
"Whilst we do not wish to cause alarm amongst those in the local area I would ask the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us.
"I understand that the community will be concerned about this recent incident and I want to reassure parents and carers that we are treating this extremely seriously. Officers are working hard to identify the suspect wanted in connection with this attempted abduction and enquiries into this incident continue.
"I would also ask parents and carers to take the opportunity to remind their children how to stay safe.
"We would equally encourage anyone to alert police immediately by calling 999 if they are approached.
"Safer Neighbourhoods Teams in Richmond are continuing to work closely with local schools and, where necessary, have increased patrols."
Anyone with any information should contact officers from Richmond on 0208 247 7187 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. In emergency dial 999.