A woman tried to pull an eight-year-old boy into a car after luring him away from friends he was playing with at a public park, police have said.
Greater Manchester Police said the boy was playing hide and seek with friends at Chorlton Waterpark at around 5.45pm on Monday when a a grey Toyota 4x4 type car with tinted windows parked nearby and a woman sitting in the back shouted out to him.
He approached and the woman asked if she wanted to see some puppies.
She then grabbed his top and dragged him into the car. He fought back and pulled away with the help of his friends and ran off.
There were two men in the front of the vehicle, both described as white and one of whom was speaking on a phone.
Police said the woman was white and wore a bobble type hat and sunglasses.
Detective Inspector Paul Walker from GMP’s City of Manchester Team said: “Clearly this is a worrying set of circumstances and I understand people will be alarmed when they hear news of this incident but we have a number of officers currently investigating what has taken place here and we are making numerous enquiries to trace the people involved.
“If anyone was in the area of the Chorlton waterpark early on Monday evening, and you remember seeing this grey Toyota 4x4 type vehicle, then please get in touch and tell us what you saw.
“Your information may seem trivial to you, but it could be important to this investigation.”