Jogger accused of trying to snatch toddler from sports oval

POLICE are searching for a man who allegedly tried snatching a toddler from a sports oval in Coffs Harbour.

It’s understood four children, aged between two and nine, were playing at McLean Street Oval around 7.30pm on Friday when a stranger who had been jogging around the field approached them.

The man reportedly scooped up a two-year-old girl and started jogging away before the child’s older sister yelled at him, at which point police said the man put the child down and left the scene.


Officers were called and attended the scene, but the man could not be found.

The children have described the man as being of Indian Sub-continental or Asian appearance, 40 to 50 years old, 170cm to 180cm tall, with a thin build and short dark hair.

Police are urging anyone with information about the incident or the man involved to come forward.

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