Police charge man after attempted child abduction at Newcastle

A man will face court today charged over an alleged attempted child abduction in Newcastle West yesterday.

About 5.10pm (Sunday 24 May 2020) officers attached to Newcastle City Police District were called to a shopping centre on Steel Street, after reports of a child approach.

Police have been told an unknown man approached a father and his two-year-old son inside the shopping centre and allegedly asked if he could talk to the child, before he started to hug him and pull him away from his father.

The father, aged 46, pulled the child back from the man, before the man allegedly became aggressive and continued to grab the child.

With assistance from witnesses, the child was returned to his father and the man was secured until the arrival of police.

The man and child were not physically injured during the incident.

A 46-year-old man was arrested and taken to Newcastle Police Station where he was charged with two counts of take/detain child with intent to remove from parental control, and two counts of common assault.

The Fletcher man was bail refused to appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Monday 25 May 2020).

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