Police ramp up patrols after Line of Duty star’s son chased home

Police have ramped up patrols after four child abduction attempts look place in one week close to where a Line of Duty star’s son was targeted in Bromley.

Schools in the area have urged children to be on high alert after the incidents.

Police have written to parents in the area asking them to "remind your children of the personal safety advice they have been given and report anything suspicious immediately to a parent, guardian or school staff".

They added: "I understand the real concern and anxiety that the nature of these incidents must bring to you and your family; please be assured that we are working closely your schools to provide additional support and advice.”

Two boys were approached on two separate incidents by a man in Bromley, South East London on April 30 between 4pm and 4:30pm.

The first boy, eight, was playing in Kelsey Park in Beckenham when a hooded man in a mask told him to come with him.

Luckily the little boy shouted out to a friend scaring the suspect off.

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The incident took place just ten minutes before the son of Line of Duty star Sherise Blackman – who played Ruby Jones – was chased.

The boy was walking home from school when a black van pulled up beside him and a man offered him a lift home.

The boy said no but noticed two hooded men following him so he ran into Croydon Road Recreation Ground to find help.

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A group of teens banded together to block the entrance from the men and told the boy to run home.

Cops were also notified on May 6 that a boy was allegedly followed by man along the street.

But a “lack of similarities” with the first attempts made police believe the reports were not linked..

The fourth attempt came when a girl was walking through The Glades shopping centre in Bromley yesterday.

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Two men walking behind her are understood to have gone to grab her hand while it was raised in the air before walking off.

Police do not think this incident is linked to any of the others.

Superintendent Andy Brittain, of the Met's South Area Command said: “I would encourage the public to remain vigilant, but not to be unduly alarmed. Child kidnappings or abductions are, thankfully, incredibly rare, but we are not complacent.

"In order to provide reassurance to the community we have heightened our visible presence in areas where youngsters may gather and I urge anyone who feels worried or concerned to approach my officers.

“In addition, please be assured that if we have reason to believe that there is a specific danger we will make sure that our communities are fully aware immediately.

“I would strongly encourage members of the public to approach our officers if they have any concerns or have any information that could prove to be beneficial to our investigations.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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