Man arrested for attempted kidnapping freed

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A MAN who was arrested and bailed in connection with the attempted kidnapping of a one-year-old has been released with no further action.

A 21-year-old man, of no fixed abode, was arrested in July after it was reported that he tried to snatch little Louie Hobby from the boy’s back garden in Ludlow Road, Paulsgrove.

Police concluded their investigation and let the suspect go, saying there was not enough evidence to prove a criminal offence had been attempted.

Louie was not harmed in the incident and his family have been informed.

Det Insp Christopher Parry, of Portsmouth CID, said: ‘Police were called at 12.40pm on Monday, July 30, to reports that a man tried to take the child from the back garden of a house on Ludlow Road. The boy was not injured.

‘A 21-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested on Tuesday, July 31.

‘He was questioned, bailed pending further enquiries, and formally released with no further action this week.

‘There was insufficient evidence to prove a criminal offence had been intended or committed.

‘I would like to reassure the community that this incident in Ludlow Road remains an isolated case. No other similar reports have been received by police in this area since the end of July.’

Two further suspicious incidents were reported to police elsewhere in Portsmouth that same week and were investigated, but were found not to be linked or confirmed as criminal offences.