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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood writes crime and policing news and graduated Teesside Uni with a degree in Crime & Investigation.

A mum is warning parents to be vigilant after her child was ‘snatched’ in a busy shopping centre.

It comes after she visited Santa’s Grotto inside the Mall Shopping Centre in Maidstone today with her son.

As they were both admiring the festive decorations, her phone started to ring and she looked away to take it out of her pocket.

In that time, an unknown man reportedly picked up her child and attempted to walk off in the opposite direction.

I started running behind him shouting but he continued to walk towards the exit”, she said in a Facebook post.

“A lady saw my distress and also rushed towards him saying ‘put her baby down’.
“I got hold of my child by the arms with force screaming at the man ‘that’s my baby’. He replied saying ‘I know’.

“The lady had him by the shoulders and I was telling him to put my child down, he then let go of my child from the waist.

“My eyes were off of him for not even 5 seconds and he had swiped my baby.
“Personally I think his eyes were on him before my eyes were off.

I am warning people to be careful.
“Ignore the phone and busy shoppers if your children is waddling around in excitement. It is so busy and so dangerous.”

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