This is the moment a Good Samaritan steps in and saves an 11-year-old girl from being snatched off the street in broad daylight.
The woman is seen confronting a man who had just pounced on the youngster as she came out of a newsagent and was trying to convince her to leave with him.
She had apparently heard him ask the girl if she was alone and so quickly intervened to stop him from potentially abducting her.
Security camera footage obtained exclusively by MailOnline shows the woman walking past the pair only moments earlier with a black shopping bag over her shoulder.
She walks into a Mind charity store next to the newsagent but looks over at the girl just before she enters.
But less than 30 seconds later she steps out of the shop to intervene in what the Met Police say was an attempted abduction, asking the girl if she needed help
The man appears to remonstrate with the woman as she stands in the doorway of the shop, out of sight of the camera, and beckons the child inside
He then storms off as the young girl follows the woman inside to safety
Detectives investigating an attempted abduction have released images of two men they want to identify and speak with – one of the men pictured
One of the men police would like to track down and speak to as they investigate an attempted abduction
The hero shopper emerges back into the street 25-seconds later and tells the man to go away before beckoning the girl to come into the charity shop with her where she called police.
The suspected abductor, who is understood to have had an accomplice nearby, quickly walked off.
Police say the frightening encounter happened on West Wickham High Street near Bromley, Southeast London at 11.45am on June 24.
Two men are now being hunted by police and their images have been widely circulated this afternoon.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police revealed that men were caught on CCTV following the girl into Shriji News.
The owner of the shop, Maunil Patel, 35, told MailOnline today: ‘I saw the girl come in first, I’ve seen her before as she lives nearby, and two men I’ve not seen came in soon afterwards.
‘The girl was looking around the shop for a few minutes and the men were keeping a close eye on her, watching what she was doing and maybe seeing if anyone was with her.
‘One of the men then came to the counter and asked me in Hindi about mobile phone top-up vouchers.
‘He went out of the shop first and turned right. The security camera shows him waiting outside the charity shop.
‘The girl bought something – sweets I think – and walked out of my shop and past the man who was waiting outside the shop next door.
‘He followed her slightly and asked her something which made her turn round. He’d apparently asked her if she was alone and if she needed any help.
‘At this point a woman in a long turquoise dress walked into the charity shop but glanced towards them as she went in. She was obviously worried about what was going on.
‘A few seconds later she came out the shop and challenged the man. I heard her say to him that she was going to call the police and she asked the girl to come with her.
‘The girl, who was by now quite confused and scared, went with the woman into the shop. The man hung around momentarily but then walked off towards Natwest Bank on the other side of the road.’
The Good Samaritan was seen in the footage walking past Shriji News into a Mind charity shop next door (above) – before returning to the newsagents after sensing something was wrong
The young girl was walking on the High Street in West Wickham, Bromley, south east London (file image)
The Met released images of the two men they wish to speak to. One is wearing a long-sleeved grey top while the other had a white T-shirt on.
A force spokesman said: ‘Detectives investigating an attempted abduction have released images of two men they want to identify and speak with.
‘At 11:45hrs on Saturday, 24 June, an 11-year-old girl was approached by a man on High Street, West Wickham who tried to convince her to leave with him.
‘A member of the public, seeing the child looked nervous, intervened and took her into a shop.
‘Officers are keen to hear from anyone who can name the men in the images.
‘If you can name them or have any information that could assist this investigation please call 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 3430/24JUN23.’
The incident happened just days after another attempted abduction in South London, where a man tried to encourage a child to get into his silver Ford Transit van during the school run.
A parent reported that someone tried to abduct their child on Purneys Road in Greenwich, attempting to entice them into the back, but the parent intervened in the nick of time.