Police have arrested a man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice after an eyewitness told police that they saw a child being bundled into a van and abducted.
The hoax call sparked a major police hunt in surrey and an urgent missing persons appeal to be launched.
Police reported that they were completely satisfied with the credibility of the witness who claimed a little boy had been dragged off his bike and in to the back of a van.
Over 100 calls were made to police to help with their urgent appeal from members of the public which happened on Redstone Hill in Redhill.
Police have now confirmed no evidence has been found to support the claim of a child abduction.
Police have carried not had any child reported missing to them. However police confirmed they had no reason to disbelieve the account of the witness.
Officers quickly reacted in order to prevent what was suspected to be a risk to the life of a child.
Since police launched the investigation extensive searches have been carried out and there has been no evidence to corroborate the claims that a child was abducted.
It was reported to police that a white child aged six or seven was put into the back of a VW Transporter van at about 4.30PM on Thursday.
A childs mountain bike was found abandoned near the scene. Members of the Public were confused by the situation as investigators also attempted to get their heads around the circumstances.
They could not afford not to investigate the incident. it was a child they were talking about here.
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