Police appeal for help in Petersham attempted abduction case
By Teddington People | Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 10:25
Richmond Police are appealing for help in looking for a woman seen speaking to a man on a towpath in Richmond shortly before the attempted abduction of a child he has been arrested in connection with.
The incident happened on Wednesday 18 September at around 8am when a man followed a 10-year-old girl cycling to school along the towpath near Petersham Meadows in Richmond. The man then grabbed the girl's arm but she was able to make off on her bicycle and was uninjured.
The woman has not yet been identified. She is described of Asian appearance with a long face, possible double chin, blue eyes and black hair. She is said to be in her 30s and was wearing a green/blue coloured knee length coat and a grey "Eastpak" backpack. She was possibly barefoot or wearing flip flops.
Officers from Richmond's Criminal Investigation Department are investigating the incident. Investigating officer Alex Staggs said: "We are appealing to this unidentified woman to contact us. We are also appealing to anyone who was in the area of the towpath near to Petersham Meadows in Richmond on 18 September that may have seen this woman, or who knows of her whereabouts, to contact us."
A 36-year-old man was arrested in connection with the attempted abduction on Friday 20 September and has been charged with several offences. He is currently being remanded in custody.
Anyone with information should call 0208 721 5932 and speak to the TDC Alex Staggs or Detective Sergeant Jon Turner, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.