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Woman arrrested on suspicion of attempting to abduct schoolgirl
A woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to abduct a sixyear- old girl from outside her school.
Police launched an investigation after a woman picked up the child, put her on her back and crossed the road with her.
The woman was stopped when the girl’s mother noticed her. It is believed the mother contacted the police and a woman – who had been in the area before the suspected attempted abduction – was subsequently arrested.
The incident took place outside Heene First School in Norfolk Street, Worthing.
It is thought the woman headed in the direction of nearby Victoria Park with the girl.
A Sussex Police statement initially said: “Police are investigating after a woman approached a girl as she left her Worthing school on Tuesday afternoon “The local woman, who is often seen near the school, gave the six-year-old girl a piggy back and crossed the road with her before her mother became aware and challenged her.
“She handed the child back and walked away.”
The spokeswoman subsequently added: “Police investigating a report that a six-yearold girl was approached as she left her Worthing school on Tuesday afternoon have arrested a woman on suspicion of attempted abduction.”
For the full story see today's Argus.