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Man arrested over alleged kidnap attempt

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/03/2017

A man has been arrested over the alleged attempted abduction of a three-year-old girl as she was walking with her father in Whitby, north of Wellington.

Police say the father and her daughter were walking along Exploration Way just before 3pm on Wednesday when a stranger approached and tried to grab the girl.

"This has resulted in a physical altercation between the men," a police spokesperson said.

"The girl was unharmed and there were no other reported injuries."

The 32-year-old man arrested has been charged with abduction and assault, with a court date yet to be set.

Earlier, the father told Fairfax of how neighbours came to his aid as he fought off the attacker.

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