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Police appeal following ‘attempted child abduction’ in Harold Hill

PUBLISHED: 19:03 29 September 2015

A man was stabbed in Romford last night

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Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward following an alleged attempted abduction of a boy on Saturday.

The incident took place in Harebell Way, Harold Hill, at about 12.08pm.

The six-year-old boy had been playing with his brother and another boy on their bikes in the street when he was approached and grabbed by a man that had got out of a parked white van.

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, with a bald head, short facial stubble and 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.

Det Ch Insp 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.”

Police confirmed a man was arrested on Sunday in connection with incident but was released without charge.

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

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