Romford reported child abduction attempt was ‘misunderstanding between parents’, say police

PUBLISHED: 09:42 23 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:59 23 March 2015

Parklands School. Picture: Google Maps

Parklands School. Picture: Google Maps


Police who were called to a school after reports of a “woman approaching a two-year-old” have confirmed it was a “misunderstanding between two sets of parents”.

Parents of children at Parklands Primary School in Havering Road, Romford, received text messages on Friday about the incident at 9am that morning.

After an initial investigation officers revealed there was no evidence to suggest it was an attempted abduction, but patrolled the school and surrounding area for the day.

Havering police took to Twitter on Saturday to clear up the situation.

It posted: “In regards to yesterday’s [Friday’s] incident outside Parklands Primary School it has been confirmed that this was a misunderstanding between two sets of parents. No offences have been reported and no attempted abduction took place.”

Parents posted on the Recorder’s Facebook page saying it was “mayhem at picking up time.”

One mother said it was like a “military operation”.

She wrote: “The school dealt well with the situation, texting parents during the day to make us aware, and home time was like a military operation.”

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