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Police investigate alleged child abduction in Harrow

Multiple reports of an alleged child abduction in Harrow circulated across social media this afternoon (13 May).

It was alleged that a young boy believed to be 5-years-old had been abducted by an ice cream van driver around South Harrow.

An image sent in to Harrow Online showed a number of police officers surrounding an ice cream van on Dudley Road in South Harrow. A police helicopter was also seen by onlookers.

One person commented online saying: “Police knocked on my door and asked if we heard the ice cream van and wanted a description of it if we saw it. We heard it but unfortunately we didn’t see it. So its possibly an ice cream van”.

Police seen knocking on doors asking for information in South Harrow. (Credit: Kashif)

Another person said: “I’ve got a boy myself, he’s 7 but I don’t even let him play in the communal area on his own, I’m ground floor and I’ve got a good view.  Just can’t trust anyone”

A comment in the Harrow Online Group said: “I drove past on George V Ave about an hour or so ago and saw about 8 police cars and an ice cream van surrounded. I wonder if this is related.”

(Credit: Kashif)

A Met Police spokesperson told Harrow Online: “Detectives investigating the circumstances of a reported abduction are content the offence did not happen.

Wesley Close, South Harrow. (Credit: Google)

“Police were called at 13:50hrs on Wednesday, 13 May to Wesley Avenue in Harrow.

“A child reported to his mother he had seen a younger child being forcibly taken into a vehicle.

“As a result of enquiries, at around 15:00hrs, a man in his mid-40s was stopped driving a vehicle in a street in Pinner.

“He was arrested on suspicion of abduction and taken to a north London police station. Police made extensive door-to-door enquiries at the location. As a result of enquiries police are now content the offence did not take place.

“The arrested man has been released with no further action and a full explanation of the facts.”