A man grabbed a boy in Kettering as he retrieved his ball from a busy road.
Police in Kettering are appealing for witnesses to an incident that took place in St Mary’s Road on Wednesday afternoon.
A seven-year-old boy was playing football when he ran into the road to retrieve the ball and a man, who was walking along the footpath grabbed hold of him before letting him go and continuing on his way towards London Road.
The boy was not injured in the incident and returned home with the football.
The man did not say anything to the boy and is described as having tanned skin, in his 50s, 5ft 6ins, with short white hair and a beard. He was wearing green, possibly camouflage patterned trousers and a black top.
The incident took place sometime between 5pm and 5.15pm.
Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.