Man tries to snatch baby from woman in garden at Kempston

Police are appealing for witnesses
Police are appealing for witnesses

A man attempted to snatch a baby from a woman’s arms in a garden in Kempston.

Police are investigating the suspicious incident which happened on Wednesday morning, April 23, in Bedford Road.

The woman was outside her house watering the plants in her front garden at about 9.30am. She had a watering can in one hand and was holding her 18-month-old child with her other arm.

She saw a man walking along the pavement near her house, which is not far from the Bangla shop on the corner of Whitbread Avenue, and he smiled at the baby, who smiled back.

However, the man then took reached out and tried to take the baby from her. She held on and retreated inside her house and shut the door.

She shouted at the man, who then carried on walking towards Bedford.

The man is described as being white, aged about 35-40, 5ft 10ins-6ft tall, dressed in dark trousers, a hi-visibility jacket, red baseball cap and carrying a black ruck sack over both shoulders.

It’s unclear what prompted the man’s actions but Det Con Chris Avery at Greyfriars CID, would like to hear from anyone who saw a man of this description on Bedford Road on Wednesday morning, or knows who he is.

Det Con Avery can be contacted directly on 01234 275114, or via the force 24-hour non-emergency number 101, or text the force’s control room direct on 07786 200011.