30/09/2015

Investigation Launched Following Attempted Child Abduction

Police have launched an investigation following an allegation of the attempted abduction of a boy in Romford.

An unknown man is believed to have attempted to abduct a six-year-old boy from Harebell Way, Romford shortly after midday on Saturday, 26 September.

It is understood that the boy was riding bikes on the street with his eight-year-old brother and another six-year-old friend when they were approached by a man, who had parked a "dirty white van" nearby.

The man is alleged to have attempted to drag the boy whilst a second man opened the rear doors of the vehicle. The boy began to scream, broke free and ran away.

The first man is described as white, he had a bald head, short facial stubble and was aged in his 30s. He was wearing a black T-shirt and black trousers.

The second man is described as white, aged in his mid-30s, with brown hair. He was wearing a blue T-shirt.

Detective Chief Inspector Denise Johnson, from Havering CID, said: "High visibility patrols have been increased in the area to provide reassurance to the local community. I would always ask parents to remind children about the importance of not talking to or going with strangers." 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Havering police on 101, alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

(MH/CD)

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