Boy ‘kidnapped from park in van and forced to apologise after smashing pumpkin’


A 12-year-old was allegedly kidnapped from a park in a van and forced to apologise after smashing a pumpkin.

Three suspected vigilantes are accused of grabbing hold of the schoolboy as he played with friends on a recreation ground in Poole, Dorset.

They allegedly frogmarched him to a white van and drove him half-a-mile to the house in question on Stanfield Road.

The boy was allegedly made to apologise to the homeowner before he ran off back to his friends.

The police were called and after making enquiries arrested a 30-year-old man and 16-year-old boy on suspicion of kidnap.

A 32-year-old man later voluntarily attended for an interview in relation to the incident.

All three suspects have all been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Detective Sergeant Aimee Lloyd, of Bournemouth CID, said the boy was left ‘extremely frightened’ by the incident.

She said: “A full investigation is underway into this incident and we are supporting the victim as we make our enquiries.

“I would like to appeal directly to a woman who was in Branksome Recreation Ground at the time of the incident and spoke to the victim’s friends to please get in touch as she may have important information to assist me.

“This incident was extremely frightening for the victim.

“I would like to reassure everyone that we are carrying out thorough and extensive enquiries into the full circumstances of what happened.

Police said the criminal damage took place on October 15 and the kidnapping incident occurred the next day at 4.30pm.