Police investigating after stranger tries to snatch 5-year-old girl in Greater Manchester park

They've released a description of a man.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 14th February 2023

Greater Manchester Police are investigating after an unknown man approached a young girl and tried to run away with her.

The five-year-old child, who was thankfully unharmed, had been playing in Nuttall Park in Ramsbottom when the stranger attempted to pick her up.

The man ran away into the nearby wooded area, where the girl’s parents intervened.

The incident occurred at around 3pm on Sunday 12 February, with an investigation ongoing.

The child’s school, the nearby St. Andrew’s CE Primary School, also sent an email to parents to outline the incident so that the community could ‘be vigilant’, the Manchester Evening News reported.


Detectives are now looking for a man who was seen the area, who is described as a tall, white male who was wearing black gloves, a red bobble hat, a black jacket and had a backpack on.

Nuttall Park in Ramsbottom. Credit: Geograph

Chief Inspector Ian Partington of GMP’s Bury District, said: “We understand that this incident has caused some concern in the community.


“We thank the public for their patience and assistance so far, and ask that anyone with information should contact us first to aid our investigation.

“If you see the man described, call us on 101 quoting incident 1965 of the 12/2/2023.”

In the email seen by the MEN, the school’s headteacher Damian Marsh wrote: “An incident happened in Nuttall Park, Ramsbottom, yesterday (around 3pm) where a man attempted to grab one of the pupils from our Reception class.


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“Mum managed to pull the child from him and the man ran away into the woods. The police were informed about the incident and are dealing with this.

“The man is described as: average build, quite tall, 40’s, stubble beard, wearing big black gloves. I have notified our school community so they are aware and can be vigilant.”

Other details can be passed to us via GMP’s LiveChat facility at or by calling 101.

Information can be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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