WHATS THIS SHIT?

Mystery of ‘Operation Bigfoot’: Police hunting ‘snatched
six-year-old’ admit they have NO missing children reports, NO pictures
of ‘kidnap van’ and the ‘boy’s bike’ is NOT connected but a ‘large
number’ of officers are still on the case

  • Boy was seen leaving bike on pavement as he got into black van yesterday
  • Police found van near scene in Redhill on CCTV but have now ruled it out  
  • Surrey Police calling probe Operation Bigfoot and looking for similar van 
  • Police still received no missing child reports either locally or nationally
  • Investigating the chance it is related to custody battle between parents  
Mystery
has deepened over claims a child was abducted after it emerged the bike
he ‘left behind’ may have been there for days and there are no missing
child reports. 
A
witness told police they saw a boy, around six or seven years old,
being ‘bundled’ into the back of a black van near Redhill Station,
Surrey, yesterday. 
Police
say a ‘large number of’ officers are working on the case, named
Operation Bigfoot, but investigations have cast increasing doubt on the
claim.
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A police cordon remains in place in Redhill today following reports that a six-year-old boy was bundled into a black van, leaving his mountain bike on the street

A police cordon remains in place in
Redhill today following reports that a six-year-old boy was bundled into
a black van, leaving his mountain bike on the street
The boy believed to be around six or seven left his small Frantic Giant silver framed with black and yellow detailed mountain bike behind

The boy believed to be around six or
seven left his small Frantic Giant silver framed with black and yellow
detailed mountain bike behind
Early
investigations revealed he had left a mountain bike at the scene and a
black van matching the description was seen on CCTV near the scene.
But
the bike has since been found to be unrelated, the VW Transporter van
was tracked down and ruled out, and there are no missing child reports. 
But police insist they are ‘completely satisfied’ they have a ‘credible witness’.  
Detective
Superintendent Chris Edwards said officers were investigating two
theories following a claim that a child was taken into a van and
abducted in Redhill on Thursday afternoon.
The
boywearing a red T-shirt and navy jeans, was reported to have been
taken into the side of a black Volkswagen Transporter with an 02 licence
plate, and Mr Edwards said police had narrowed the time frame down to
between 4.25pm and 4.40pm.
He
said: ‘We’re operating two particular theories, the first one and the
priority line of investigation is that this is exactly as portrayed and
reported, and that a child has been abducted from the roadside.
‘The second theory that we are operating is a heartfelt plea to anybody who may have information.
‘If
you were at that location and involved in an incident yesterday
involving your own child, or a child that you are connected to, we would
urge you to come forward and make contact immediately in order that we
can scale this investigation back and offer messages of reassurance to
the public.’
Mr
Edwards added it was ‘implicit’ that a child would be in danger given
the circumstances as it appears the child was taken ‘against their
will’, although there was ‘no information to suggest a struggle’.
He stressed the ‘credibility of the witness’ as being important to their inquiries.
There
have been 130 reports by members of the public relating to the inquiry,
he said, and they are ‘keeping a very open mind’ about the
investigation.
But
he added: ‘I can confirm that we still don’t have, within the county,
within the region or nationally, a report of a missing person fitting
that description to date.’
Mr Edwards also ruled out from the inquiry a black VW van about which police had previously appealed for information.
Police have cordoned off an entrance to Redhill Station off Redstone Hill where the boy's bike was found and continue to investigate today

Police have cordoned off an entrance
to Redhill Station off Redstone Hill where the boy’s bike was found and
continue to investigate today

A mountain bike believed to belong to the child was left behind at the scene.
But
the landlord of a nearby pub, who did not want to be named, said he
moved the bike next to some bins after finding it dumped outside his
premises earlier in the week.
He said: ‘On Wednesday it was outside at about 10am. 
‘At
about 1pm I moved it to the back of the old arcade where the bins are,
assuming someone would pick it up – all the kids play around there.’
DS Edwards added: ‘We
take all investigations involving children very seriously and until
such time we can prove otherwise, we will continue to investigate it as
reported.
‘We don’t have any evidence to support the theory that there was shouting or screaming from the child.
‘They witnessed a child being taken from the roadside, into a van and that appears to be against the child’s will.
‘There
is no information to suggest that there was a struggle – the child
appears to have been taken from the roadside against their will.’
DS
Edwards described it as ‘extremely unusual’ that there had yet been no
reports of a missing child, but added: ‘Given the credibility of the
witness account, we have no reason to disbelieve the account.’
Police
had ‘absolutely no idea whatsoever’ as to the description of the
alleged abductor, DS Edwards said at a press conference held today.
The
boy was said to have left a bike at the scene, fuelling suspicion that
the boy was taken against his will, but a barman has now claimed it had
been there for days.
At
as press conference at 3.30pm, police said they have had more than 100
calls from members of the public since the appeal yesterday.
But
they confirmed that they have ruled the bike out of their
investigation, which is ‘still relevant’ but relates to an ‘unrelated
individual’.
Police
checked CCTV cameras and spotted a black VW van that matched the
description but have since tracked down the driver and ruled it out.
Although
they are now looking for a different black VW transporter, which has
three alloy wheels and one ‘space saver’ hub, which would make it look
‘quite distinct’.
Ruled out: Surrey Police saw this van, matching the witness description, on CCTV from the area but have since tracked down the driver and ruled it out

Ruled out: Surrey Police saw this van,
matching the witness description, on CCTV from the area but have since
tracked down the driver and ruled it out
New appeal: Police have now released more pictures of a similar van that they are looking for. It does not have a roof rack and has three allows and one 'space saver' hub

New appeal: Police have now released
more pictures of a similar van that they are looking for. It does not
have a roof rack and has three allows and one ‘space saver’ hub
DS
Edwards added that the investigation will now turns to widening CCTV
recovery and viewing, as well as house to house investigations and
another visit to the scene.
Police
have now abandoned the alleged crime scene this afternoon, after a
police cordon remained in place since the report at around 4.45pm
yesterday. 
The
witness claimed that a boy, around four foot tall and wearing a red
t-shirt and navy blue jeans, was pushed into a VW Transporter with an 02
number plate.
The
van then drove off and the boy’s small Frantic Giant silver framed with
black and yellow detailed mountain bike was left behind.
But a barwoman, who works near the scene at Redstone Hill, claims the child could not have left the bike there.
She said: ‘It’s definitely been around for a couple of days, at least. I saw it yesterday morning.
‘It was just a broken bike. It looked like someone had just dumped it. I don’t know if it worked but I wouldn’t have used it.
‘It’s definitely the one in the photo. It stands out. I’ve never seen anybody using it – it was just dumped.’
Officers
are investigating the possibility that the boy and the abductor knew
each other and that the incident may relate to a custody battle between
parents.
A
Surrey Police spokesman said a huge search using dogs, officers and the
National Police Air Service had taken place last night.
The
investigation was dubbed Operation Bigfoot, although officers say the
name is picked in order from a book and has no relation to the subject
of the case. 
The
spokesman added: ‘Reports of this nature involving children are
extremely rare, which is why we are treating it so seriously.’ 
Surrey Police said a large number of officers are working on this case

Surrey Police said a large number of officers are working on this case
Earlier
today, Surrey Police had said they were trying to establish the
circumstances and working with the National Police Air Service.
Superintendent
Bex Smith added: ‘If you were in the area, perhaps commuting to or from
Redhill train station at the time please get in touch with us if you
saw anything suspicious.’ 
Tom
O’Fee, a barman who lives on the road the alleged incident happened on,
said: ‘I think anyone would be worried. There was a lot of police
activity last night. I only saw the helicopter and a few police cars.’
Reports of this nature involving children are extremely rare, which is why we are treating it so seriously 
Surrey Police 
He said parents did not often let young children play alone outside in the area due to the busy main road.
‘There
could be lots of things which could have happened,’ Mr O’Fee said. ‘If
the child should have been home it could be his parents might have been
angry at the child and then got them into the car.
‘If it was my child and he was meant to be at home and he hadn’t turned up I would instantly want to know where he was.’
Two pubs are on the cusp of the hill where the abduction took place, and a Royal Mail sorting office overlooks the junction.
A
20-year-old woman who works in a nearby pub said: ‘I did see a couple
of police cars go past, for something like that to happen around Redhill
is shocking, it’s quite a small place and nothing like that really
happens here.
Police are not yet ruling out if the child and the person in the van know each other

Police are not yet ruling out if the child and the person in the van know each other
Any witnesses are being asked to contact Surrey Police on 101 

Any witnesses are being asked to contact Surrey Police on 101 
Police are searching through all CCTV in the area as well as officers and dogs on the ground

Police are searching through all CCTV in the area as well as officers and dogs on the ground
‘I
don’t understand how with all the traffic coming up there was time –
there is always traffic on this hill. I don’t know how anyone would have
time.’
The
woman said her brother had spotted the yellow and black bike earlier
that day, and police have admitted they do not know for sure if it
belonged to the boy.
‘My brother was saying he saw the bike earlier that day,’ she added. ‘How would the man have time to grab the boy?
‘There are lots of cameras here at the traffic lights.’
A
member of the public called Anna Ford alerted officers on Twitter to a
possible previous abduction attempt mentioned in a Facebook group last
month.
The
post claims a man ‘tried to abduct two children’ in a Co-op in Haywards
Heath, West Sussex – about 20 miles from yesterday’s incident. 
It
adds: ‘He was saying ‘come with me’ at the door of the shop with his
van parked outside. Police released him without charge as there was no
CCTV evidence … He apparently also caused trouble at Iceland, Cafe Nero
and the Co-op petrol station.’
Anyone
who used Redhill train station between 4.25pm and 4.40pm yesterday
(Thursday) is urged to get in touch with Surrey Police. 
People
with any information should contact Surrey Police by calling 999 in an
emergency or 101, or report it online at www.surrey.police.uk quoting
Operation Bigfoot.
People can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.  

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