Six- and nine-year-old girls escape the kidnapping attempt after the masked man takes them to a secluded place
- The girls played together when a stranger drew them to a secluded place
- He wore a light colored mask and fled when the children shouted
- A manhunt has been launched and the police are requesting information
Bridie Pearson-jones for Mailonline
Two girls narrowly escaped being kidnapped after a masked man snatched them in East London on Friday.
The children, aged six and nine, played together when a stranger drew them to a secluded spot, only a few meters from a police station.
When they began to scream, the man fled.
The police asked anyone who was in Stoke Newington, east London, on Friday night to show up and be tracked through CCTV and going door-to-door to locate the suspect.
A chase has been launched for the suspect and the police are requesting information.
On Friday night they are asking anyone in Stoke Newington, East London, to go ahead and be tracking CCTV and going door-to-door to locate the suspect.
He had a light face and dark clothes.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: "At around 8:15 p.m. on Friday, September 7, the officers were alerted of an incident on Coronation Avenue, N16 in which the girls, aged nine and six, were detained by a police officer. unknown suspect.
"At the time of the incident, around 7:00 p.m., the girls played together.
"Both girls were taken to an isolated area a short distance away.
"When the girls started screaming for help, the suspect ran away."
They added: "Consultations are being carried out to establish the details of what is believed to have been an isolated incident at this point.
"The investigation is being treated as an attempted kidnapping."
Anyone with information should call Hackney CID at 0208 217 3739 or at 101 citing CAD7307 / 07SEP.
The information can be provided anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111.