Kidnap Boy under Death Threat Is Rescued by Gun Police

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Kidnap Boy under Death Threat Is Rescued by Gun Police


Byline: STEPHEN WRIGHT

A BOY of 11 was dramatically rescued by armed police after kidnappers snatched him off the street and threatened to kill him unless they were paid a [pounds sterling]40,000 ransom.

The youngster was abducted by a man and a woman who bundled him into a car as he was walking home from school in Southall, West London, at 4pm on Wednesday.

He was taken to an address nearby and held hostage in a locked bedroom as his captors made a series of increasingly chilling calls to his terrified parents.

Police were called in and, amid fears that the kidnappers would carry out their threat, Scotland Yard launched a huge operation involving 150 officers.

Officers from the Yard's SO19 firearms unit, Kidnap Unit and Flying Squad were mobilised for the inquiry.

At 7pm on Thursday detectives - acting on 'intelligence received' - raided three addresses in Southall and found the boy in the bedroom at one of them.

He was said to be 'very distressed but unharmed' and was taken to a hospital for a check- up before being reunited with his relieved parents.

The schoolboy, who is said to come from a well-respected Indian family, will be questioned at length about his 27-hour ordeal over the coming days.

But because of his age, officers say they will have to adopt a 'softly, softly' interview strategy. They added that he has been badly traumatised by his experience.

Police stressed that the boy's family were not wealthy, famous or well-known. They have no known criminal links and it is understood his father runs a small business. …

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