Saturday 24 February 2018

Man charged after three-year-old girl carried off by stranger at supermarket

Alexandra Sims

A man has been charged after a toddler was carried off by a stranger at a supermarket in Lancashire.

The three-year-old girl was taken from a moving walkway, in what police have described as a "distressing incident” at a Morrisons store in Railway Road in Blackburn at 3pm on Thursday.

The girl had been walking to the car park with her mother and five-year-old sister when she was picked up by the man.

He allegedly carried her for a short distance near the entrance of the store before putting her down again, when she ran back to her mother.

The man left the shop soon after.

Following an appeal for information a man was arrested by Lancashire Police on suspicion of child abduction.

On Saturday evening, detectives charged 44-year-old Mohmed Dadhiwala of Chester Street, Blackburn, with taking a child in order to remove them from a person having lawful control.

He is due to appear at Blackburn Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Independent News Service

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