Woman and teenage girl arrested for attempting to abduct 2-year-old child


The alleged kidnapping attempt took place at Redcar Racecourse on Sunday afternoon (Getty Images)

A 21-year-old woman and a teenage girl are in custody after they were arrested for allegedly trying to abduct a toddler during a garage sale.

The child’s mother told police two people approached the toddler, who was walking with a relative, then tried to walk away with her at Redcar Racecourse on Thrush Road, Middlesbrough, on Sunday after- noon.

Cleveland police said when the two men were arrested, they let the child go and were later detained. Both are currently being questioned by detectives.

A police spokesperson said: “Investigations into the alleged incident involving a two-year-old child at Redcar Racecourse on Sunday afternoon are ongoing, and two women remain in custody and are being questioned.

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Cleveland police are questioning two people suspected of attempted kidnapping (Getty)

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A previous appeal for witnesses said a woman reported her two-year-old was walking beside a family member when two women approached her and tried to walk away with her.

He added: “Investigations are ongoing and police would appeal for any information regarding this alleged incident or any women reported to be involved – particularly in the period leading up to 2:15 p.m. Please contact Cleveland Police at 101 quoting reference 86878 or forwarding the information. anonymously to www.crimestoppers-uk.org or call them on 0800 555 111.”