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Original 'abduction van' and bike eliminated in missing Surrey boy investigation

The original van police initially believed was connected to the alleged abduction. Credit: Surrey Police

Police have launched a renewed witness appeal for information about a vehicle involved in the alleged abduction of a boy in Redhill, Surrey on Thursday.

The original black VW transporter van police believed was involved in the alleged abduction has now been eliminated.

"We're satisfied that is not the vehicle we are looking for," said Detective Superintendent Chris Edwards of Surrey Police.

"We are still looking for a 02 plate black VW transporter van and the vehicle we now think has three alloy wheels and the fourth wheel on that vehicle is a space-saving wheel which would make it quite distinct."

Supt Edwards added: "If somebody is using that vehicle or knows of somebody that was using that vehicle yesterday in the area of Redhill train station then we would welcome a conversation as early as possible with that witness or that owner or user of that particular vehicle."

The original bicycle that the boy was reported to have been seen close to has also been eliminated.

"We're confident now that that bicycle relates to an unconnected individual and whilst it is still relevant to the investigation and inquiry, we don't believe that it belonged to the boy concerned," Supt Edwards said.

Police issued a photo of a small mountain bike with a silver frame near where the child was said to have been abducted.

Officers believed the bike belonged to the boy but they said they cannot be certain.

A witness reported on Thursday that they saw a boy aged between six and seven being bungled into a van and abducted in Redhill during rush hour.

The mountain bike found where the boy was reportedly abducted. Credit: Surrey Police

The boy is described as white, around 4ft tall and was wearing a red T-shirt and navy jeans.

Police said they have received hundreds of calls from members of the public in relation to the alleged abduction, and are continuing with their investigations.

However, there has been no report of a missing child fitting the boy regionally or nationally.

Teams of officers from the forensic department, dog officers and the national police air service have so far assisted in the investigation.