Kidnap Attempt In Shepherd's Bush

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Man Sought After Attempted Kidnapping of Teenage Boy

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Police have released an e-fit of man who tried to snatch a 14-year-old schoolboy off the street in broad daylight.

On Wednesday, 4 November the boy was walking to school along Fitzneal Street, W12 which is between East Acton tube and Old Oak Common Lane.

At about 7.45am a man in a silver-coloured car - possibly a Vauxhall Astra or similar - pulled up to the kerb beside the boy. He got out of his vehicle and told him to get in the car. The boy refused and the man told him if he didn't get in the car he would hurt him. He then tried to grab the boy who fortunately managed to push him away and run off.

Detective Constable Guy Hookway from Hammersmith and Fulham CID, said: "After the boy ran off the suspect chased him. He managed to hide in a nearby garden where he called his mum who immediately contacted police on 999."

The boy's mum collected her son a short time after the incident. Officers from Hammersmith and Fulham went to his home and took the boy on a drive around of the area to see if he could spot the man or the car. House-to-house enquiries have also been carried out.

DC Hookway, added: "Fortunately the boy managed to run away from the suspect and raise the alarm. He is still very shocked by what happened and is bewildered as to why someone would want to do this to him. He is obviously worried but luckily he is safe and well and no harm came to him.

"However, it is very important that we locate this man. If anyone recognises him from the e-fit image then I urge you to contact police immediately."

The suspect is described as a white man, aged between 30 and 40 years. He is about 5ft 11" tall and of slim build. He had short, black spiky hair. He was wearing a black bomber jacket, dark blue jeans and white trainers.

If you have any information please contact Detective Constable Guy Hookway at Hammersmith and Fulham CID on 020 8246 2505 or police on 101. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

November 18, 2015