Tayside and Central Scotland

Police 'extremely concerned' for toddler after assault

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Image caption The assault took place at the Pizza Hut restaurant in Falkirk

Police have appealed for witnesses after a young girl was assaulted at a restaurant in Falkirk.

Diners at Pizza Hut at the Central Retail park alerted police after the toddler, thought to be about two years old, was shaken and dragged along the ground by a woman thought to be her mother.

The incident occurred at about 15:00 on Friday.

Officers said they were "extremely concerned" for the welfare of the girl.

The young girl, who was attached to reins and pushing a toy pram, was at the restaurant with the woman and a man thought to be her father.

The girl appeared to be upset, and was dragged towards the exit by the reins by the woman.

When the toddler reacted to this, the woman picked her up and shook her, before setting her down and dragging her again by the reins out of the restaurant.

'Distressing incident'

The man, woman and toddler left in the direction of Grahams Road, and were last sighted at a bus stop opposite Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

The female suspect was described as being white, in her 30s, with a heavy build and red hair. She was wearing a dark jacket and blue jeans.

The man was also white and in his 30s, about 5ft 9in tall, with short dark hair. He was wearing a white t-shirt and dark tracksuit bottoms.

Sgt David Ferguson said: "This was a very distressing incident, which was very upsetting for members of the public to witness.

"We are extremely concerned about the welfare of the young girl who was assaulted and we wish to trace her as a matter of urgency."

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