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Metropolitan Police warns against online speculation over south London kidnap attempts

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The Metropolitan Police has warned the general public against speculating a couple of collection of reported kidnapping attempts in south London.

The power’s Croydon department tweeted that officers had been conscious of “alarming social media posts” offering “speculative particulars” in regards to the alleged incidents and requested that individuals not “speculate any additional”.

Four abduction attempts have been reported in southeast London in current weeks, however police have beforehand mentioned that they don’t imagine they’re linked.

Croydon MPS superintendent Andy Brittain mentioned in a press release: “I perceive the priority expressed on social media and wish to reassure folks there isn’t any trigger for alarm.

“If we obtain info that will increase any danger to our youngsters, I’ll make sure that our residents and colleges are made conscious instantly. I might urge the group to not speculate any additional.”

Police say they obtained a report that an 11-year-old boy was chased by two males after being approached by a black van on Whitmore Road in Beckenham on 30 April.

They obtained one other report that an eight-year-old boy was approached on the identical day within the woods on the close by Kelsey Park.

The power was additionally informed on 6 May {that a} schoolboy had been adopted by a person on the road yesterday.

On 7 May, they had been informed a couple of potential abduction try in The Glades purchasing centre in Bromley, after a person reportedly tried to seize a toddler’s hand after strolling behind her with a second man.

None of the kids had been kidnapped or harmed through the alleged incidents.

Mr Brittain mentioned on 7 May that the general public ought to stay “vigilant” however not “unduly alarmed” about kidnapping.

“I’m conscious of various reviews online each within the information and on social media and I totally perceive the considerations of fogeys in gentle of those reviews,” he mentioned.

“I might encourage the general public to stay vigilant, however to not be unduly alarmed. Child kidnappings or abductions are, fortunately, extremely uncommon, however we aren’t complacent.”

He added that the Met had elevated its presence in locations the place youngsters sometimes collect.

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Two alleged incidents involving youngsters have additionally brought about alarm in Enfield, north London.

But Detective Chief Superintendent Treena Fleming mentioned in a press release that she didn’t imagine little one abduction was dedicated in both case.

“I totally perceive the considerations from dad and mom and residents in Enfield following reviews of a suspicious incident on 15 May within the Enfield Lock space involving a white van after which a separate incident on 18 May whereby a 10-year-old boy was reported lacking,” she mentioned.

“Please be reassured that in depth enquiries have been performed and presently I don’t imagine that any offences of kid abduction have been dedicated on both event.”

Ms Fleming additionally requested the general public to chorus from speculating in regards to the incidents on social media.