Second child snatch attempt yards from where Line of Duty star’s son was chased

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Another child has been targeted in an abduction attempt yards away from where a Line of Duty star's son was chased, a headteacher has revealed.

Sherise Blackman, who played Ruby Jones in the hit BBC show, said her 11-year-old son was almost abducted while walking home from school in Beckenham, south-east London.

Now a schoolboy from Clare House Primary School in Beckenham was told to go with a hooded man wearing a mask as he played on Friday afternoon, according to a letter sent home to parents.

The man fled when the boy shouted out to a nearby friend. The child was unharmed and later saw the masked man escape in a black van after telling his mother what happened.

Clare House headteacher Jane Holland wrote home to parents to provide details of the latest attempted abduction, the Standard reports.

She wrote: "I want to make you aware that it has been reported that a similar incident happened to one of our children in Kelsey Park on Friday at around 4.30pm.

"The child and some school friends were playing in the wooded area of the park when a man approached the child and told him to go with him.

"He ran away immediately but the man followed him for a short time until the child called one of his friends and the man ran away.

"The child reported that he had seen a black van drive past and the man was in it. He was reported to be wearing black with a hood up and a mask on."

The Metropolitan Police could not immediately say whether the two incidents are linked.

  • Line of Duty star blasts police after three men tried to abduct 11-year-old son

Actress Blackman called police after a group pf men tried to snatch her lad, who was walking home from school when the terrifying ordeal unfolded.

She said officers tried to "fob off" his version of events

The Met has since admitted an insufficient initial response to the report.

Superintendent Andy Brittain, from the south area BCU covering Bromley borough, said: "I fully acknowledge our initial response was not sufficient given the extremely worrying circumstances of this incident.

"The matter was reviewed and detectives are carrying out further investigation which remains ongoing."

One of the men is described as white, approximately 5ft 10in tall while the second is described as 6ft tall.

No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.

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