Police launched an investigation after an eight-year-old girl claimed a man ‘grabbed her foot’ under a toilet door in Morrisons and asked for her name and address
- Little girl of eight told her mother that she was groped by a man in the toilet cubicle
- The man, described as wearing gloves, touched her foot and asked questions
- The ‘suspicious’ incident took place just Wednesday at Morrisons in Cheadle
- Staffordshire Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward
Police have launched an investigation after a little girl told her mother she was touched by a man who put his hand under a toilet cubicle in a supermarket.
The eight-year-old told her mother that a man wearing blue and black gloves had touched her foot and asked her personal questions, including her name and where she lived, from the cubicle next door to the ladies’ toilets in Morrisons.
Police were alerted to the ‘suspicious incident’ which took place just after 3pm on Wednesday at the supermarket in Cheadle.
The youngster alleged that the man reached under the partition and grabbed her foot.
Police are investigating the incident which took place at Morrisons (pictured) in Cheadle
Officers are appealing for witnesses to the ‘suspicious incident’ to come forward.
Sharing details of the ordeal on social media, the child’s mother said: ‘We were in Morrisons in Cheadle and my young daughter went to the toilet.
‘There was a man in the next cubicle who started talking to my daughter, asking her name, where she lives, where she goes to school.
He then put his hand under the partition and touched her foot. My daughter is eight. Fortunately, she ran out and found her older sister.
‘This has been reported to the store manager and also to the police. Please keep your children safe as this could so easily have turned more serious.’
Staffordshire Police confirmed an investigation had been launched.
A spokesman said: ‘We were called at 4.15pm yesterday (Wednesday, October 5) to reports of a suspicious incident at Morrisons in Cheadle.
‘The incident happened at approximately 3.15pm when a man entered the ladies’ toilet and tried to make contact with a child. Inquiries are ongoing.’
A Morrisons spokesman said: ‘We are aware of the incident and are assisting the police with their enquiries’.
Anyone with information should message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter quoting incident number 465 of October 5, call 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.