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Two men lure children to van with trick-or-treat sweets in Halloween scare

Two men tried to lure children into a van by offering them sweets as the youngsters were out trick or treating on Halloween.

The pair were spotted in Nansen Road and Forthbridge Road, Clapham, south London, at about 7.30pm on Tuesday (October 31), according to the Metropolitan Police.

Worried parents have been messaging each other on WhatsApp and Facebook in the wake of the attempted abductions, MyLondon reports.

One person wrote: “My friend is worried she will have to make arrangements to collect her children from school. Everyone is worried now.”

The headteacher of a £24,000-a-year, private prep school minutes away from the reported kidnap spot warned parents to be vigilant and consider the risk of sending their children home alone.

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Eaton House principal, Sarah Segrave, told parents: “It has come to our attention that there was an attempted abduction of children by two men driving a dark grey van.”

She urged any worried mums and dads to “report any concerning situations to the police immediately”.

The former prime minister, Harold Macmillan, His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman and actor Eddie Redmayne reportedly attended Eaton House, according to the Daily Telegraph.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said an officer attended the scene and an investigation has been launched.

Chief Inspector David Lee said: “We understand these reports must be very distressing for parents and members of the local community.

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“Trick or treating should be a fun activity and the fact children were targeted whilst they were out enjoying themselves is very concerning.”

Ch Insp Lee added: “I would like to reassure the community that we are looking into this matter and officers are working hard to find the two men concerned.”

Anyone with information should contact the police on 101 or tweet @MetCC, quoting CAD8188/31Oct.

To remain anonymous contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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