Line of Duty actor ‘dissatisfied’ with police response over attempted abduction of son, 11
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Line of Duty actor Sherise Blackman, who played cop Ruby Jones in the hit BBC series, has criticised the police response following the attempted abduction of her 11-year-old son last week. Sherise detailed how two men in a van chased her son on foot into a local park, but were hindered after two teenagers protected the youngster from the men and told him to run home. Met Police have since confirmed that their response was “not sufficient” and that further investigation into the incident is “ongoing.”
My son is a very smart little boy – he sensed danger
The star relayed how the incident occured, saying: “My son got off a bus he usually takes around where he lives.”
She went on to explain that due to the bus being diverted, her son got off at Croydon Road, where he knew he wasn’t far from home.
Sherise said that after the bus pulled away, a black van drove up alongside her son and asked where he was going, before offering him a ride.
“He did say ‘I’m going home’ and the man then said ‘hop in, I’ll give you a ride’ at which point my son was like, that’s not normal,’ and he kind of started to hop foot it away,” Sherise explained.
She detailed how her son fled to a basketball court on Croydon Road Recreation Ground, where he found two teenagers on the court, who blocked the men’s entrance and told her son to run home.
Sherise added to the Standard: “When he ran into that court and those two boys were there, he thought, ‘they would protect me,’ and they did.”
The actress said she would “love” to know who the teenagers are to thank them.
The star said that after running home, her son told his parents what had happened.
“Once he got home, he was really shaken up, really scared.
“He told me and my husband what happened and we immediately called the police,” she said.
Two days later, police visited the star’s home to find out more about the incident.
She said that the police were “asking questions like, ‘have you got any issues with other boys’ and ‘do you have beef with other kids’.
“I could see where they were going with this and I was like, ‘no it wasn’t that’. My son is a very smart little boy – he sensed danger.”
The star explained that she felt the police were trying to “fob it off”.
She was then told that as no crime had taken place, an investigation could not be conducted.
Sherise said: “They made my son go through the whole rigmarole of explaining it and the poor thing was really nervous, only to say a crime hasn’t actually been committed.
“They said they’ll let the local area departments know and if anything happens again they can look into it.”
In a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon, the Met Police have acknowledged that their response was “not sufficient” to begin with.
“I fully acknowledge our initial response was not sufficient given the extremely worrying circumstances of this incident,” said Superintendent Andy Brittain, from the South Area Basic Command Unit (BCU).
“The matter was reviewed and detectives are carrying out further investigation which remains ongoing.
“CCTV of the area is currently being reviewed to identify any possible suspects. Detectives have been in touch with the boy’s parents to update them on the investigation so far, and will continue to keep them informed of any developments.”
He continued: “I want to reassure the boy’s parents and the wider community that this incident is being fully investigated to establish the full circumstances of what happened.”
“I would also appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident to come forward and speak to officers, especially the two men playing tennis that the victim approached for help.”
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