A man tried to abduct a 4-year-old boy from the Christchurch Botanic Gardens on Saturday afternoon.
The man, believed to be Asian, approached the boy who was playing on a tree near the Peacock Fountain about 2pm.
He grabbed the boy's arm and "attempted to move him from the area", Detective Sergeant Will McIvor said.
The boy was with a group of other young children playing on the tree at the time. Among them were two ''older children'', aged 11 and 12, he said.
They were yet to be questioned and would be spoken to by specialist child interviewers ntsG due to ntebecause of their age.
The boy's parents were only a few metres away at the time of the incident, but the tree concealed the children from their view, he said.
The boy was reportedly ''quiet'' and in ''shock'' after the ordeal.
The man was described as about 40 years old, short, clean-shaven, with short black hair and spoke with a Kiwi accent.
At the time, he was wearing a red and black top with grey buttons, brown trousers, brown leather shoes and dark glasses.
Police are appealing for anyone who saw a man fitting the description and acting suspiciously in the area on Saturday to contact Detective Paul Sullivan on (03) th3637949.So far, no-one has come forward with information.
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