Extra police are patrolling the streets of a Sheffield suburb after a six-year-old girl claimed a man tried to snatch her.
Ella Bennett was waiting on the drive of her home in Dyke Vale Way, Hackenthorpe, when she claims a man tried to grab her arm.
Her mother Karen Bennett said she had gone into her house to get her purse and left her daughter alone for just 15 seconds.
She said: “It is one of my worst nightmares. I am doing this to warn other parents to keep an eye out on their children”
Karen, aged 39, said she had just collected Ella from Birley Spa Primary School and was with her baby son, who was in a pram, and her three-year-old daughter.
She said: “I walked the pram down the drive from the car and had just gone into the house to get my purse.
“I was just coming out and locking the door when Ella ran up the path and said a man had grabbed her arm.”
Karen said she rang the police after Tuesday’s incident, but officers did not attend for another 90 minutes.
She said: “It was just not good enough. They said the call wasn’t deemed urgent.
“Three hours later they were scouring the streets, but he was long gone.”
Karen said Ella told her the man was aged 18 to23, had ginger hair and was wearing a black top.
She said: “I’m angry, upset and shocked and Ella was shaken up and he hurt her arm. I want to warn parents to keep their kids safe. He could strike again.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We were notified of a potentially suspicious incident involving a six-year-old child close to a school in Hackenthorpe.
“The girl is reporting a young man may have grabbed her by the arm.
“Officers are making enquiries and the safer neighbourhood team will be carrying out extra patrols.
“We do not wish to alarm parents and children, but urge parents to talk to their children about the dangers of talking to strangers.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.