A pensioner has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to sexually assault a four-year-old girl in a supermarket, says Sussex Police.
The child’s mother spotted the man with her daughter in the Pegler Way branch of Asda just before noon today (Sunday, September 6).
She intervened and the man made off, but he was detained by security staff.
The girl suffered no physical injuries, but arrangements are being made for her to talk to specialist officers.
A 75-year-old man from Crawley was arrested on suspicion of attempted sexual assault by touching and remains in custody.
Detective Inspector Alan Pack, of Sussex Police, said: “I understand that this will be worrying for all parents, but it is a rare incident and reinforces that vigilance pays off.
“This mum did exactly the right thing in looking out for her daughter and then quickly raising the alarm, allowing security staff to act swiftly.
“If you were in the store around the time and saw anything suspicious or believe you have information that could be relevant to our investigation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 101 quoting serial 603 of 06/09.”
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