Blackpool abduction attempt: offender used knife

A man who tried to abduct a two-year-old girl from a garden in Blackpool used a knife in the incident, police have said.

A child's trampoline was slashed by the offender before he tried to grab the girl from the back garden of a house on Erdington Road on Thursday.

Officers have ruled out a connection with a man later found in a four-year-old's bedroom in St Heliers Road.

Police said the Erdington Road offender was still at large.

A 30-year-old man was arrested near the scene of the St Heliers Road incident and has been charged, police said.

Det Ch Insp Andrea Barrow said: "This is an incredibly serious offence and the man responsible is still outstanding."

Ch Insp Sue Cawley added that patrols have been stepped and she warned parents to be vigilant.

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