Man and woman allegedly tried to abduct premature child from Great Ormond Street hospital on Monday
A man and woman have been arrested after they allegedly attempted to abduct a premature child from London’s Great Ormond Street hospital.
The pair targeted the premature child after arriving at the hospital with a picture of a baby in an incubator and claimed the baby had been transferred from another London hospital.
After staff searches revealed no information to match this, police were called and the 31-year-old man and 25-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit child abduction.
Insp Paul Clarke, of the Metropolitan police, said: “The actions of the staff at Great Ormond Street hospital in making all of the necessary checks and the quick response of police in arresting a couple prevented what could have been a very frightening and harrowing incident.”
Police were called at around 2pm on Monday following a report of someone trying to take the child from the facility.
The man and woman are reported to have told staff the baby was born at 21 weeks at the Royal London hospital, in Whitechapel, east London, on 1 March, before being transferred.
The pair were taken to a central London police station and have been bailed to a date in mid-April.
A spokeswoman for Great Ormond Street said: “Thankfully this type of incident is exceptionally rare. We are pleased that staff at the hospital acted so swiftly and calmly to ensure the safety of all our patients.”