Police hunt man who GRABBED a terrified three-year-old girl in front of her family from Morrisons car park before dropping her and running off
- The girl was in the supermarket in Blackburn at about 3pm yesterday
- She was walking to the car park with her mother and five-year-old sister
- An Asian man picked her up from a moving walkway and carried her off
- Dropped her a short distance later and police say his motives are ‘unclear’
A man who plucked a young girl from a moving walkway and carried her away from her family is being hunted by detectives.
The ‘distressing’ incident happened at Morrisons supermarket on Railway Road in Blackburn at about 3pm yesterday, Lancashire Police said.
The three-year-old girl was walking to the car park with her mother and five-year-old sister when she was picked up by a man, believed to be in his mid-thirties.
He carried her a short distance before putting her down, with police saying his motives remain ‘unclear’.
He is described as between 5ft 6in and 5ft 8in, with black hair which was short at the sides and thick on top, wearing blue jeans and a black and blue bomber jacket.
Detective Inspector Tim McDermott, from Blackburn CID, said: ‘This incident has understandably been very distressing for the family involved.
‘The motive of the man remains unclear and so we need to speak to him urgently to understand what happened.
‘I am appealing directly to this man to contact us and for anyone who thinks they may know who he is to do likewise.
The ‘distressing’ incident happened at Morrisons supermarket on Railway Road in Blackburn (pictured) at about 3pm yesterday
‘Also, if you were in the area around Morrisons at that time and saw anyone fitting the description of this man I would urge you to get in touch.’
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference 787.
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.