A woman has been arrested following a police probe into claims a hooded female dressed in black attempted to abduct children with the promise of “going to see a puppy”.
Police Scotland confirmed a 48-year-old woman had been arrested and subsequently released without charge pending further inquiries.
Parents had claimed a woman wearing dark lipstick and a dark hood had targeted children of nursery age.
One mum in Dundee’s Charleston area said her four-year-old daughter had been “grabbed” in the street by a middle-aged woman matching the description.
The woman had allegedly asked the child, who was out walking with her grandmother, if she wanted to see a puppy before trying to snatch her.
The mum, who did not want to be identified, described the incident as “traumatic” and said it amounted to “attempted abduction”.
The incident happened near the junction of Brownhill Street and Buttars Terrace around 7pm on Tuesday.
Another local mother said: “There is a woman going about dressed in black with a black hood up and black lipstick.
“She tells kids she has a puppy and asks if they would like to see it and she has tried grabbing them.
“The police are all over the area and have asked people to keep an eye out and, if they see anything, to phone them as soon as possible.”
Local councillor Michael Marra said the reports were “distressing”.
“It is vital that local people help the police in any way they can by providing information and assistance,” he added.
“I would ask everyone in the Charleston community to keep their eyes open and take that extra bit of care of each other.”
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We are aware of concerns within the local community and on social media regarding the reported attempted abduction of children in the Charleston area on Tuesday May 22.
“A 48-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the incident.
“She has subsequently been released without charge and inquiries into the full set of circumstances are continuing.”