Cops hunt man who grabbed boy, 5, in street as he walked home from school

COPS are hunting a man who grabbed a five-year-old boy in a London street as he walked home from school with his family.

The youngster was approached in Brick Lane, east of the capital, at 6.40pm on Friday evening.

It's claimed the man followed the pupil through the streets before suddenly trying to grab his hand.

But the lad was with two family members – who were able to drag him away to the home of a friend, where they called police.

He wasn't physically hurt, although the family are said to have been deeply shaken.

Officers have today called for anyone with information to come forward after the shocking incident.

And they've released a CCTV image of a man they're tracking.

Detectives said they're searching for a man of Asian appearance who was aged in his 20s or 30s.

He was wearing a navy jumper, black jeans, black trainers and a black hat.

A Met Police spokesperson said: "Officers have identified a man who they wish to speak to urgently.

"They have released an image in the hope that the public can help to identify him."

Anyone who knows the man should call police on 101, quoting reference 6617/25JUN.

"Officers are not aware of any reports of similar incidents in the area," the spokesperson said.

"However, in order to provide reassurance to the community, there will be an increased high visibility police presence at key times in the coming week, including school drop off and pick up periods."

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