Saturday 24 February 2018

Two women arrested after nine-week-old baby taken from home

The child was taken from a home in Arleston, Telford West Mercia Police
The child was taken from a home in Arleston, Telford West Mercia Police

Alexandra Sims

A nine-week-old boy has been found safe after being snatched from his home in Telford by a "stranger who came in off the street", neighbours said.

Two women have been arrested on suspicion of child abduction after the baby boy was snatched from a property in Arleston, Telford, England.

Officers from West Mercia Police were called to the address in Arleston at shortly before 3pm on Wednesday after a report the boy had been taken.

Police earlier said it is believed the child - who has not been named - might be in the company of a white woman in her 30s and with dyed reddish brown hair.

Around an hour after the urgent appeal was made, police said the boy had been found safe and well.

The baby was wearing a blue woollen jacket and a cream baby-gro with a teddy bear on the left hand side.

A police spokesman earlier said: "It is thought the child may be in the company of a white woman with dyed reddish brown hair, which she wore off her face, and is around 5ft 5ins tall.

"She is also thought to have a lump under her nose and a gap between her front teeth. She is believed to be between 30 and 40 years of age.

"She was last seen wearing an army green zip-up jacket and a small black bag over her shoulder."

Neighbours living on the quiet residential road said the family had been "beside themselves with worry" since a stranger "came in off the street" and took the baby.

Norman Stokes, 69, said: "Nothing like this has ever happened around here before and I've been here a long time.

Independent News Service

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