An off-duty police officer arrested a man suspected of trying to abduct a two-year-old girl today. The officer chased the suspect after he reportedly grabbed the toddler by her arm on a Costa Blanca seafront promenade.
He is then said to have ran off with the child – leaving her stunned family screaming for help. The drama happened just after 10am this morning at a beach in Torrevieja, south of Alicante known as Playa del Cura, which is popular with British holidaymakers and expats as well as locals.
Local reports said the alleged child abductor, described as well-built and around 60-years-old, ran off with the girl in his arms before dumping her as he was intercepted by holidaymakers waiting near a tourism office. He was pinned to the ground by the off-duty police officer and handed over to Civil Guard officers who were quizzing him this afternoon at a station in Torrevieja.