POLICE have arrested a man accused of trying to abduct a three-year-old from a shopping centre in Lanzarote.
The 62-year-old was arrested in London last week after Thames Valley Police launched a campaign in England and Spain to try and find him.
The incident happened in Costa Teguise in January 2012 while the Milton Keynes family holidayed on the popular CanaryIsland.
The man was seen leading the toddler out of the centre into an alleyway but was stopped by the father who saw his daughter’s flashing trainers from a distance as he desperately searched for her.
He ran to his daughter, pulling her away from the man who then left the scene.
The family saw the same man on the beach a short time later and confronted the suspect, but he left before police arrived.
The alleged abductor, believed to be a father of two, was caught in the UK on April 10.
He has since been released on bail.
The incident has chilling similarities to the disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann, who went missing from her apartment in Portugal in May 2007 and has never been seen since.
A near six-year search for Madeleine has yet to solve the mystery of her disappearance from the Algarve resort of Praia da Luiz.