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A large police operation involving a significant number of officers and other Police resources has been taking place overnight to trace the van and to establish the identity of the child. Reports of this nature involving children are extremely rare which is why we are treating it so seriously.

At this stage there has been no missing person report received in relation to a child but we continue to treat this incident seriously and will do so until the full circumstances have been established.

As a result of our enquiries the owner of the van in the CCTV image we released last night has been traced and this particular van has now been ruled out of the investigation. However we continue to look for a similar style black, modified VW Transporter van with an 02 registration plate,no side writing, sliding side doors, three BBS-make alloy wheels (with the front nearside missing), no rear windows and with chrome sidesteps.

It remains extremely important that if you own or know the owner of a vehicle like this which could have been in Redhill yesterday afternoon that you contact police immediately on 101 quoting “Operation Bigfoot”.

We would also like to speak to anyone who was on Redstone Hill at around 4:30 to 5pm yesterday or anyone who recognises the mountain bike and may have seen who was riding it yesterday afternoon.

Local residents may be particularly concerned, but we hope our response reassures people how seriously we take any such reports of suspicious behaviour – our officers continue to work on this investigation and we will update on any further developments.

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