Dad’s horror after seeing man try to take his four-year-old daughter in Northampton town centre

The corner where the attempted kidnap took place on Thursday afternoon

The corner where the attempted kidnap took place on Thursday afternoon

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A dad has described his terror when he saw a man trying to lead away his young daughter as they visited the town’s Christmas celebrations.

Daniel Maloney told the Chronicle & Echo he was in the Drapery in Northampton town centre yesterday afternoon when the traumatic incident took place.

He was walking with three children and pushing a buggy when his four-year-old daughter, Shanice, started to lag behind.

He turned and saw a man had stooped over Shanice and put his hand on her head in an apparent attempt to turn the girl in the opposite direction.

Mr Maloney grabbed the girl and the man quickly put his hands in his pockets and walked off.

Mr Maloney said: “I was scared. If I hadn’t turned around at that moment she would have been gone.”

The family were in town ahead of the Christmas lights switch-on event in the Market Square and were near the Cromwell Cafe walking towards the bus station when the incident happened.

Describing the man, Mr Maloney said he had a large build and was wearing a grey jacket, black jeans and had short, black hair.

He walked off in he direction of the bus station.

Police confirmed they were investigating the reports but have made no arrests.