A man has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in the investigation into a 'boy bundled into a van' in Surrey.
Surrey Police said the initial witness account reported that a young boy was seen being taken into a black VW Transporter van between 4.20pm and 4.40pm on Redstone Hill, Redhill on Thursday afternoon.
Officers said they had no reason to disbelieve the account of the witness and had to act quickly in order to prevent what was suspected to be a risk to the life of a child.
But since then, officers carried out a thorough investigation into this report and could not find any evidence to corroborate it.
Surrey Police said there was no report of any missing child in connection with the case and we have carried out extensive enquiries.
Police reviewed hours of CCTV from across the area, carrying out house to house enquiries, talking to commuters at the railway station, checking potential vehicles matching the description and missing children databases, receiving more than 100 calls from members of the public in less than 24 hours, all of which takes a significant amount of time.
The man has been released on bail.