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  • 19 July 2014, 2:33

Police Hunt Man Who Tried To Snatch Girl, 3

Police are appealing for help to catch a man who tried to abduct a three-year-old girl as she was playing in a busy residential area.

It happened on Friday afternoon at a block of flats on Egerton Street in the Salford area of Greater Manchester.

The man lifted the girl over a fence and was trying to walk off with her when he was challenged by her mother and fled.

Officers say the child did not suffer any physical harm.

The man is said to be of eastern European appearance, around 5ft 8in tall, of medium build and with black, tightly-curled hair.

He was wearing a red and white baseball cap, a red jacket and red trainers.

"We do not know what this man's intentions were, but nevertheless are very concerned about this incident," said Detective Inspector Benjamin Hart of Greater Manchester Police.

"We are appealing to any possible witnesses to come forward and assist our investigation.

"If anyone saw a man matching this description around this area of Salford on Friday the 18 July or knows someone who fits this description and was likely to have been in or around this area, we are keen to speak to you."

DI Hart added: "I understand that this incident will cause a lot of concern in the community ... and would therefore like to reassure residents that all patrolling officers have been given a detailed description of this man, and we will do all we can to find (him)."

Anyone with any information is asked to call the investigation team on 0161 856 5470 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.