Man charged after girl, 3, snatched from mother in Blackburn supermarket

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Image caption The incident happened at Morrisons in Railway Road, Blackburn

A man has been charged after a three-year-old girl was snatched from her mother by a stranger at a supermarket.

The girl was carried off at Morrisons in Railway Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, at about 15:00 GMT on Thursday.

The man initially took the girl down a travelator but then put her down and she was able to run back to her mother.

A 44-year-old man, of Chester Street in the town has been charged with taking a child so as to remove them from a person having lawful control.

He was scheduled to appear before magistrates on Monday.

Det Insp Tim McDermott, of Lancashire Police, said the incident was "distressing" for the family and the motives for what happened were "unclear".

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