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Man 'tried to sell baby in shopping arcade'

By Harriet Line

Published 14/07/2015

A man suspected of trying to sell a baby in a shopping centre has been released on police bail
A man suspected of trying to sell a baby in a shopping centre has been released on police bail

A man suspected of trying to sell a baby in a shopping centre has been released on police bail.

The man, who has not been named, was arrested on suspicion of child neglect by Greater Manchester Police on Sunday.

A member of the public said he was approached by a man with a baby in a pram at Manchester's Barton Arcade at 2.30pm on Sunday.

The man allegedly offered to sell the baby girl to him, police said.

The suspect, a 28-year-old man, has been bailed until September.

Police said the three-month-old girl is safe and well.

The Victorian shopping arcade in the Deansgate area of the city was built in 1872 and houses shops and office suites.

The man allegedly tried to sell the baby for £1,000. The Manchester Evening News reported that the man shouted into a William Hill bookmakers, asking whether anyone wanted to buy the baby, and continued walking down the street asking the same question.

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