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Alert after child abduction bid in Richmond

People have been asked to be vigilant after an attempt to abduct a nine-year-old in south-west London.

The incident took place at about 08:30 GMT on Thursday in St James Avenue, Hampton Hill, in the Richmond area.

Police said the girl was approached from behind, picked up from around the waist and carried off towards Park Road, but she managed to flee.

The suspect is believed to be a man who was wearing a grey hooded top, grey jogging bottoms and white trainers.

He also had a grey plastic watch.

Patrols increased

The Metropolitan Police said the child, who kicked out at the suspect to free herself, was not physically hurt.

Ch Supt Clive Chalk, borough commander for Richmond, said: "Whilst we do not wish to cause alarm amongst those in the local area I would ask the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us.

"I understand that the community will be concerned about this recent incident and I want to reassure parents and carers that we are treating this extremely seriously."

Police patrols in some areas have been increased following the incident.

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