London warning: Man ‘told boy he had sweets in van’ in suspected abduction attempt

Canning Town: Police respond to incident in area

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The incident happened at 4:30pm on Thursday, April 22 in Clarence Avenue, Lambeth.  The victim, a six-year-old boy, was just outside his house when he was approached by a man who briefly spoke to him over the garden wall.

He is alleged to have said that he had some sweets and drinks in his van.

However, the child ran back inside and alerted his mother, police say.

By the time the child’s mum came outside, the man had left.

The Metropolitan Police, who are investigating the incident, said the mum did not see the man or the alleged van.


The boy was physically unharmed.

Police say the suspect was described by the victim as a brown-skinned male, approximately 5ft 6in tall.

The suspect, according to the victim, had short black hair and was wearing a blue blazer, and black trousers.

Detective Sergeant Mark Pascall, said: “Incidents of this nature are very rare and in this instance the boy was not harmed at all.


“Nonetheless, I completely understand the concern it has caused both the boy’s family and the community and can assure local people that we are taking this incident very seriously.

“We are doing everything we can to identify the man described and urge anyone who was in the area at the time and saw a man acting suspiciously to contact us. 

“If you were driving and have dash cam footage that may have captured the man described, please get in touch.”

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