Mum ‘grabbed by topless attacker who jumped out of bush’ while she pushed baby in pram

A mum was allegedly attacked by a topless suspected sex offender as she pushed her baby in a pram near a primary school.

The woman was walking in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, when a man pounced on her from some bushes.

He is then said to have grabbed the woman from behind and knocked the pram over with the baby inside during a struggle.

The terrified mum screamed for help causing the topless man to flee.

Police have now arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of common assault.

The horror unfolded at around 3pm on Thursday close to St Mary’s Primary School, where parents were preparing to collect their children.

Lancashire Police said: “It was reported a woman had been grabbed by a man, before he ran away.

“Officers have responded quickly and have arrested a 22-year-old man from Oswaldtwistle on suspicion of common assault.

“He has been further arrested on suspicion of intending to commit a sexual offence.

“He remains in custody at this time.”