Police hunt woman who 'tried to abduct child from Asda trolley' in south-east London

Patrick Grafton-Green

Police are hunting a woman who allegedly tried to abduct a child from a shopping trolley in Asda in south-east London.

Shocking footage has been released showing the suspect lifting the 18-month-old boy in front of the mother as she stacks groceries onto the checkout.

The woman, who reportedly said to the child "come with nanny", then brazenly walks away with him in her arms, before the concerned mother stops her.

A woman believed to be the mother posted on Facebook: "I was putting my shopping on the till and this women took [the child] out of the trolley that was right next to me where he was sitting and walked away.

Police have released CCTV footage of the incident last month

"Luckily I grabbed him. But as I grabbed him off her she repeatedly said 'come with nanny'. I was in such shock."

Police have appealed for anyone with information about the incident at the supermarket in Belvedere on Sunday April 23 to contact them.

A Bexley Police spokesman said: "The mother of the child was at the checkout when a female lifted the child out of the shopping trolley and started to walk away with him.

CCTV footage shows the woman lift the child from a shopping trolley in front of his mother

"The mother obviously intervened and grabbed her child back.

"The female suspect was described as oriental and about 65 years old. She had black hair in a ponytail and was wearing glasses.

"She was wearing white trainers, red tracksuit bottoms and a long grey coat."

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