A MAN grabbed a child in Deeside as she was playing with friends in a park.

Police are appealing for information following the incident that happened at about 8.45pm on Tuesday (August 13) on the playing field along Shotton Lane.

Police said a man grabbed hold of the child - a 10-year-old girl - as she was hiding in the bushes during a game of hide and seek with friends near Edward Morgan Primary School.

But police said he fled after she called for help and other children and a dog walker disturbed him. 

The suspect is described as an adult with brown, grey hair and a beard.

DI Eleri Thomas said: “This was a traumatic experience for the young victim who, thankfully, was not injured. We carried out an immediate search and will maintain reassurance patrols in the area.

“I would like to reassure the community that we have a dedicated team of officers on this investigation and I am appealing specifically to the dog walker, who went to the girl’s aid, to come forward and contact us.

“I am also appealing to anyone who saw an individual matching the description, or may have seen any suspicious males loitering in the area in recent days, to call 101 or https://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/live-chat-support quoting reference X116931."