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Arrest made after a baby girl snatched

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Police in Crawley are seeking witnesses to a violent incident in the town centre in which a woman was assaulted and a baby girl was taken into a car which drove off at speed.

The incident happened on Monday (Sept 20th) between 5pm and 5.30pm in the play area of the Memorial Garden.

The man took hold of the child, refused to return her to the woman and walked off towards the car park by the play area while pushing the woman.

He then drove off at speed allegedly without securing the child in the car properly.

Police were informed and swiftly found and pursued the car to the nearby West Green area where it stopped.

The child and woman were unharmed and are receiving support from specially trained officers.

The 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill, common assault, dangerous driving and possessing an offensive weapon. After being interviewed he was released on police bail until 19 October while enquiries continue.

Detective Constable Penny Furtado of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said; "If you were in the Memorial Gardens area that afternoon and saw what happened, please contact us either online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1000 of 20/09."

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