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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Rumours of child abductions in the area. What the police told me today.

I got an email from one of the local police team covering the Ealing part of Chiswick. And following some rumours of child abductions in the area, the local Police launched this new website to provide a focal point of all factual updates and reduce fear generated by well intended but factually incorrect communications.

The website will be updated with any new and relevant information as and when it becomes available by Police and other relevant agencies.

In summary there was an alleged attempted abduction in the Barnes area of an 8 year old boy on 3rd July. The boy was playing in the grounds of the Vicarage with friends. The allegation is that the boy was picked up by an adult male who he (the boy) managed to kick approximately 20 times in the shin. The suspect then made off. The suspect has not been seen by any other witness other than the victim.

This is being investigated by the police who are keeping an open mind about this allegation and conducting a thorough investigation to establish the facts. We have already taken all witness statements, conducted house to house enquiries, viewed CCTV and submitted items for forensic examination. Police request any additional witnesses, not yet spoken to, to come forward and contact them on 020 8247 7032 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

This is the only alleged abduction currently being investigated by Richmond Police. No other allegations have been made to Police.

The police said that the aim of this factual update is to address concerns, rumour and inaccuracy currently being communicated. This will be updated if there are significant developments.

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