Man arrested after ‘trying to abduct two children at Wolverhampton New Cross Hospital’

A MAN has been arrested after trying to abduct two children from Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital.

West Midlands Police officers were called to the emergency department yesterday after reports were made that someone tried to take a child.

 The 'traumatic' attempted abductions took place at the New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton, West Midlands

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The ‘traumatic’ attempted abductions took place at the New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton, West MidlandsCredit: Alamy

One eyewitness who wished to remain anonymous claimed the man tried to take a little boy from his mum, the Birmingham Mail reports.

He was then said to have entered a secure child unit at the hospital where he attempted to take a child from a dad.

The witness said the man was stopped by a member of the public before being arrested by officers at the scene.

West Midlands Police said it was still establishing the full details of what happened, but the man is confirmed to still remain in custody.

A spokesperson for the force described the shocking incident as “traumatic” for a child and mother on Twitter last night.

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: “A man has been arrested after officers were called to New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton following reports of an attempted abduction at around 7:30pm last night (24 February).

“It is alleged that on two separate occasions, the 47-year-old man approached two children in the A & E department and tried to take them from the hospital. On both occasions, the parents intervened.

“The man was arrested on suspicion of attempted abduction and remains in police custody this morning (25 February).

“Incidents like this are extremely rare and we’re working with New Cross Hospital to provide reassurance to visitors and patients.”


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