Police thank public for helping detain a man who tried to kidnap a child in Bolton

An appeal for information and witnesses has now been issued.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 23rd February 2023

Brave members of the public have been praised for their efforts in helping detain a man who tried to kidnap a child on a busy street in Bolton.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) explained that at around 6:30pm on Tuesday (21 February), police were called to reports of an attempted abduction on Mayor Street in Bolton – where a woman was walking with her child when she was approached by an unknown man who snatched her child from her and attempted to make off.

The child was said to have received “serious injuries”, of a nature not disclosed, during what police have described as an “incredibly distressing incident”.

Police have now thanked the “quick work and bravery” of intervening members of the public who assisted in detaining the man – who was later arrested by officers, and taken into custody for questioning.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnap, GMP confirmed.


“This was an incredibly distressing incident during which a child received serious injuries,” explained Detective Inspector Tony Lunt, of GMP Bolton CID.

“Although these are thankfully not life-threatening, the mother of the child was understandably very shaken by the incident and is receiving support from specialist officers at this time.


“I understand the concerns it will raise in the community but I would like to reassure you that this is being treated as an isolated incident and there is not believed to be any wider threat to the community. You will see increased patrols in the local area throughout the next few days so please approach our officers with any questions or concerns you may have.

“Whilst we have a man in custody, I want to assure you that our investigation does not stop here.”

Police thank public for helping detain a man who tried to kidnap a child in Bolton / Credit: GMP

Following the incident, GMP has now issued a public appeal for information and is asking that any witnesses or anyone with information gets in touch as a matter of urgency.


“We are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have been in the area of Mayor Street in Bolton between 6:20pm and 6:40pm and who may have seen someone behaving suspiciously, but we’re also interested in any footage, including CCTV or dashcam, that you might have in relation to this incident.”

Think you may be able to help? You can get in touch by calling police on 0161 85 65757 quoting 2896 of 21/02/2023, or you can also make a report via the Live Chat function on GMP’s website here.

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Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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