1picuA man has been arrested after a three-year-old girl was allegedly picked up and carried away from her mum in a Morrisons supermarket.

The youngster was scooped up by a stranger on a travelator in the store in Blackburn, Lancashire, at around 3pm on Thursday, police say. Her mum was pushing a pram and walking with her five-year-old sister when the ‘distressing’ incident unfolded at the supermarket in Railway Road.

The man initially carried the toddler away near the store entrance, but then put her down and she ran back to her mum, according to Lancashire Constabulary. Now, a 44-year-old man from Blackburn has been arrested on suspicion of child abduction following a public appeal for information. The suspect, who has not yet been identified, remains in custody.

In a statement today, Lancashire Constabulary said: “Police were called to Morrisons on Railway Road at around 3pm on Thursday following reports a three year old girl was picked up by a stranger. ┬áThe man initially carried her away near the store entrance but then put the child down and she ran back to her mother. The man left the store shortly after. Following an appeal for information, a 44-year-old man from Blackburn was arrested on suspicion of child abduction and is currently in custody.”