Man attempts to 'abduct' four-year-old girl from pub before parents intervened

By Tom Duffy & Hannah Mackenzie Wood

A man attempted to 'lead away' a four-year-old girl after approaching her in a pub, police said.

The suspect is thought to have been trying to 'abduct' the child, before being 'challenged' by a parent and 'detained' by other members of the public.

Police were then called to the scene, with the 51-year-old arrested on suspicion of child abduction, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The incident occurred at around 8pm on Saturday, January 8 at The Cheshire Cheese pub on Lewin Street, Middlewich.

A spokesperson for Cheshire Constabulary said: "Police have arrested a 51-year-old man from Middlewich following a report of a child abduction in Middlewich.

"At 8pm on Saturday 8 January a man approached a four-year-old girl in The Cheshire Cheese pub in Lewin Street, Middlewich and tried to lead her away.

"He was challenged by a parent, and members of the public detained him outside the pub to prevent him from leaving the area.

"The girl was thankfully physically unharmed by the incident.

"Police subsequently arrested a man on suspicion of child abduction. He remains in custody."

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