A MAN has been arrested and charged with attempted kidnap after a stranger was spotted picking a child up at an Aldi supermarket.
Sergejus Paskevicius, 59, from Heywood in Rochdale, Gtr Manchester, will appear in court today accused of attempted child abduction.
CCTV footage shows a man in the bagging area of the Heywood Aldi seemingly attempting to talk to a child at 5.45pm on 23 July, police said.
After apparently trying to talk to the child, the man then appeared to pick the youngster up and start walking out of the shop.
The CCTV cannot be shown for legal reasons.
Greater Manchester Police said: "We’ve had charges authorised for a 59-year-old man after an initial report of an attempted abduction of a child at a store in Heywood a week ago."
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"Sergejus Paskevicius, from Heywood, has been remanded in custody and will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court today (30 July) accused of child abduction after an investigation by our detectives in Rochdale CID alongside our local neighbourhood officers.
"The charge relates to an alleged incident involving a man and a child on Saturday (23 July) afternoon at Aldi on Bradshaw Street."
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The statement concluded: "We thank the public for their response and patience while we have conducted our enquires this week, and remind them not to share any information or images online that risk prejudicing this case."
When approached for comment, Aldi told The Sun that it was an ongoing police matter and as such it would not be appropriate for them to comment at this time.
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