Three men with a black van attempted to grab an 11-year-old boy from a London street before chasing him to a basketball court where older teenagers rescued him.
Sherise Blackman, the boy’s mother, said her son was walking home from school in Beckenham, Bromley, when two men on the street and another man in a black van attempted to grab him on Friday.
She said her son got off at a different bus stop than usual that day because the bus was diverted.
After the bus left, a black van pulled up next to the boy and the man inside asked him where he was going and offered to take him home, Ms Blackman said.
Sherise Blackman, the boy’s mother, said her son was walking home from school in Beckenham, Bromley, when two men on the street and another man in a black van attempted to grab him on Friday. Pictured: Croydon Road Recreation Ground where the boy found help
Sensing the danger, the boy started to run away but the other two men started chasing him.
He stumbled across the Croydon Road Recreation Ground for help when he spotted two teenagers playing basketball.
Ms Blackman said the two men followed her son to court and told the teens he was with them, in which case the boy said he did not know them.
She added that the two teenagers then blocked the entrance and told her son to run home.
Ms Blackman told The Standard: “He said ‘I’m going home’ and then the man said ‘come on up, I’m going to drive you’ to which my son is like it’s not normal and he’s got it. somehow started to skip the foot.
“He saw the basketball court and saw two teenagers playing basketball and he ran behind them.
The boy stumbled across Croydon Road Recreation Ground (pictured) for help when he spotted two teenagers playing basketball
“The two men then followed him onto the tennis court and said to the teens ‘oh he’s with us’ how bad he is. [Ms Blackman’s son] said “I don’t know them”. “
The teens then blocked the entrance to the basketball court and told Ms Blackman’s son to come home, she said.
As soon as he arrived home, Ms Blackman’s son told his parents what had happened.
She immediately called the police and was told they would visit her home on Sunday May 2.
Ms Blackman said she felt the police were trying to ‘fob it off’ when they took a statement from her son and no suspects were identified.
Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called at 4:40 pm on Friday April 30 with reports of two men acting suspiciously at Whitmore Road in Beckenham. The officers arranged to receive a statement from the complainant. No suspect has been identified.
“The investigation has been closed; an intelligence report has been recorded and if new evidence opportunities arise, this decision will be reviewed ”.