Rumours Of Attempted Child Abduction Are Untrue

Police confirm they are investigating a robbery near Richmond Park


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Rumours of an attempted child abduction near Richmond Park following the release of CCTV footage have proven to be untrue the footage in fact shows an attempted robbery.

Police were called just after 12.30pm on Thursday, 21 June to Sandpits Road in Petersham after a woman was approached by four men on a black moped and motorbike who demanded her jewellery.

Two of the four men approach the mother and child

Moving away
Mother carries her child away into the road and the men turn away to their colleagues on mopeds

They threatened her and a young child who was with her. No injuries were reported - No weapon was seen, although it was intimated.

Chasing culprits
Members of a passing scaffolding team and others try to catch the culprits

Members of the public including a team of scaffolders who saw the distressed mother in the road went to the woman's assistance and the suspects fled empty-handed.

The suspects were all wearing black clothing and the police request that any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC quoting reference 3542/21Jun.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at

June 29, 2018

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