Yesterday, police issued a photograph of a black van they are hunting after a six-year-old boy was feared to have been abducted in broad daylight.Surrey Police confirmed detectives are urgently trying to trace the vehicle, which is a modified black Volkswagen Transporter van. The appeal comes after a boy, described as six or seven years old, was taken into the van in Redhill, Surrey, at around 4.43pm yesterday. A passer-by saw the boy, who was on a bike which he left behind, being helped into the van in Redstone Hill, near the town’s train station.
A helicopter from the National Police Air Service (NPAS) was been scrambled to help in the manhunt and police chiefs have deployed extra officers to the scene. Senior officers said they are not ruling out the possibility that the boy knows the driver of the van, but that they are taking the incident “extremely seriously”.
The van had three alloy wheels, with the alloy on the front nearside wheel missing. All of the alloys were of a BBS make. Officers say it had no rear windows, no writing on the side, chrome sidesteps along the skirts and a sliding side door.
Meanwhile the boy was described as white, around four foot tall and about six or seven years old. He was wearing a red t-shirt and navy blue jeans and was riding a yellow and black Frantic Giant mountain bike, which was left at the scene.