Man arrested in North Yorkshire after a toddler was grabbed while walking with his mum

A man has been arrested in North Yorkshire after a toddler was grabbed while walking with his mum.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 1:06 pm

A woman and her two-year-old son were walking on the iron bridge which runs over Huntington Road in York at around 2.30pm yesterday when a man approached them and took hold of the child.

The boy's mother shouted at the suspect and two men in high-vis jackets approached him.

The suspect then let go of the child and ran off.

Police stock image. Picture: JPI Media/ Richard Ponter

Police say the mum and boy were both very shaken but no one was hurt.

The two men in high-vis checked on the mother and stayed with her for a short time.

A man has been arrested in connection with the incident and is in police custody.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw what happened and the two men in high-vis jackets to get in touch.

Anyone who can help should call police on 101, quoting reference 12210088176.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: “Residents can be reassured that York is a very safe place and incidents of this nature are extremely rare.

"In this case, a suspect was quickly identified, arrested, and taken into