Police hunt man over attempted abduction of boy, 5, snatched in front of mum

A police hunt has been launched after a five-year-old boy was snatched from a park in west London in front of his mother.

The Metropolitan Police said a man picked up the boy at around 2.30pm on Thursday, January 7 at Northala Fields, Northolt.

He ran a short distance carrying the young child before putting the boy down unharmed.

Police said the mum of the young boy confronted the man who was wearing a green or blue hooded sweatshirt with a small white logo on the chest, ripped blue jeans and black trainers.

Detectives have since released CCTV footage of the individual who is described as having a pale complexion, a slim muscular build and possibly a moustache.

The suspect is wanted over the alleged attempted abduction of the boy and police have said they are doing "everything" they can "to find out who is responsible."

Detective Constable Ashleigh Nelson said incidents like the one in Northolt are "very rare" but understand it would have caused concern in the local community.

In a statement, Detective Nelson said: "Incidents of this nature are very rare but I understand the concern it may have caused in the local community.

"I want to reassure people we are doing everything we can to find out who is responsible."

He went on: "I would appeal to anyone who has mobile phone or dashcam footage of the suspect, which may assist with identifying him, to get in contact as soon as possible."

Northala Fields is a park located in Northolt in the London Borough of Ealing and has four artificial hills, several fishing lakes, and a children's play area.

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101, tweet @MetCC quoting CRIS 2500522/21, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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