Officers from West Midlands Police Traffic Unit have taken to social media to thank members of the public for their assistance is locating a male who had kidnapped a five-month-old baby.
An officer attached to the unit said:
‘It’s every traffic cops worst nightmare.
‘A vehicle failing to stop with a kidnapped child onboard.
‘A well managed pursuit meant that the car was eventually brought to a halt safely with minimal contact.
‘Baby was uninjured & driver is in custody’
Another post shared on the West Midlands Police official Facebook page said:
‘We just wanted to say a big thank-you to everyone who supported our urgent appeal to trace a missing baby yesterday.
‘The appeal was shared widely and prompted two 999 calls that proved crucial in helping officers trace the
‘A woman called just before 8.40pm reporting a potential sighting in Sheldon – and just over 20 minutes later a man dialled 999 to say he’d spotted the suspect’s Astra parked by garages in the Olton area.
‘The Good Samaritan even tried blocking the road with his car and wheelie bins in a bid to contain the Astra!
‘Traffic cops were quickly on
‘The child, from Sutton Coldfield, was found on board unharmed and a 35-year-old man arrested on suspicion of child abduction; he remains in police custody this morning for questioning.
‘It was a fantastic response to what was a very serious, urgent appeal for information.
‘It’s a great example of the police and public working effectively together – and achieving a brilliant result’.
The incident highlights how the general public really are the eyes and the ears of the police.
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