Man in custody over attempted abduction of Richmond schoolgirl


Extra police patrols have been in place since the incident on Wednesday morning.


By Sean Conner

Richmond and Twickenham police have today arrested a man in connection with the attempted abduction of a ten-year-old school girl.

A spokesman from Richmond Police said: “A 36-year-old male has been arrested as far, and he remains in custody.”

Extra police patrols were put into place after a man ‘grabbed’ the young girl while she was on her way to school around 8am Wednesday morning, on the towpath close to Petersham Meadows.

Officers said a man followed the girl and grabbed hold of her arm, but luckily she was able to escape on her bike uninjured.

Simon Mckie, 21, of Richmond said he was concerned by the news.

“I was quite shocked as I go jogging through the towpath on a regular basis, but I was glad to see more security in the area. Hopefully we won’t hear of this happening again,” he said.

A woman was also believed to be on the towpath at the time and police are still investigating the possibility that she was with the man.

Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to the police should contact Detective Constable Byron or Detective Inspector Long on 020 8721 5931 / 5881 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Police, with thanks.

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