Thames Valley Police have released an appeal for information after an eight-year-old girl was approached and grabbed by a female in Maidenhead.

Between 3.30 – 4pm on March 3, the woman approached the child in St Adrian’s Close, Maidenhead and grabbed her. She was let go and the woman fled the scene. The eight-year-old suffered minor bruises during the incident but was otherwise unharmed.

The woman is described as white, tall with a slim build and grey hair.

Detective Inspector Gav Stiles, of Force CID based at Maidenhead police station, said: “Regarding the incident in St Adrian’s Close, I am asking any members of the public who believe that they witnessed it to contact 101, quoting URN 860 (3/4).

“We have identified and spoken to the woman involved in the second reported incident and we are satisfied that there was no offence and it was a case of mistaken identity. The woman contacted police herself and we are no longer investigating this occurrence.”

LPA Commander for Windsor & Maidenhead, Supt Colin Hudson, said: “Members of the local community will understandably be concerned about the recent incident reported at St Adrian’s Close.

“I would like to re-assure the public that we are investigating the circumstances thoroughly and no other similar incident has been reported.

“We are continuing to support our partners in schools, working together to help people stay safe.

“This will include officers being in the area at the start and end of the school day and at lunchtimes in the coming days.

“Anybody who believes that they have any information should contact police or speak to one of our officers who are patrolling.”