Four child kidnap bids near where Line of Duty star’s ‘shaken’ son was chased

Parents have been warned of four separate child abduction attempts near where a Line of Duty star's son was targeted.

Police are stepping up patrols and working with schools in Bromley, southeast London, after apologising to Sherise Blackman.

The actress who played officer Ruby Jones in the BBC series claimed officers had tried to "fob off" her son's version of events.

Ms Blackman said in a post on Instagram that her son was followed by "hooded men" on foot and another in a car in Beckenham.

She said her son was asked if he wanted a lift and left "shaken up" by the incident.

Superintendent Andy Brittain said: "I am aware of varying reports online both in the news and on social media and I fully understand the concerns of parents in light of these reports.

"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."

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The Metropolitan Police have revealed two boys were approached separately by a man in the borough on April 30 between 4pm and 4.30pm.

One of the boys, aged 11, was asked by a man in a black van on Whitmore Road in Beckenham if he wanted a lift, while an eight-year-old was approached in the nearby wooded area of Kelsey Park.

The 11-year-old is the son of Line of Duty star Sherise Blackman, who told how the youngster "sensed danger" when he was approached.

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Police received another report on Thursday of a male school pupil being followed by a man along a street on the previous day.

A "lack of similarities" with the incident indicated it was not linked with the first two reports, the force said.

The latest incident involved the "perceived" attempted abduction of a young girl at The Glades shopping centre on Friday.

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Two males were said to have been walking behind the girl in the London borough when one attempted to grab her hand as it was raised in the air, before walking off.

The Met said the incident is not believed to be linked to any of the others.

None of the children were abducted or harmed in any of the four reported incidents, the Met said.

Police have written to parents via schools to make them aware of the incidents.

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A letter stated: "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 with your schools to provide additional support and advice."

The force is reviewing CCTV and has asked potential witnesses to get in touch.

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