A young girl was allegedly picked up by a stranger while playing in the sand at a popular swimming spot in Perth’s southwest suburbs on Australia Day.
Police have launched an investigation after the incident at Point Walter jetty on Honour Ave in Bicton at about 5.25pm.
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It’s alleged a group of two men and a woman approached the four-year-old girl as she played in the sand.
The woman then picked up the young girl and began to carry her toward the carpark.
But the father then intervened after he was alerted by two teenage girls.
The three people were later seen at a nearby ice-cream van.
Now, police are hoping to speak with anyone who witnessed the incident, including the teenage girls who spoke to the child’s father.
Detective Sergeant Sam Harris of the Child Abuse Squad said they were “very thankful” the father acted so quickly.
“The intentions of the people are currently unknown, as such, until we know we are treating this as a serious incident,” he told reporters on Sunday.
“It is odd behaviour, that does need explaining, because you can’t do that to someone’s child.”
The group is described as possibly being of Asian descent, with the woman aged in her 30s, wearing heavy make-up and a long khaki coloured skirt.
One man was aged in his 30s wearing dark-coloured shorts, and another male was wearing white Crocs and had a missing tooth.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.