Police hunt for missing boy who was safe all along - at school

The child went missing from a bus stop on Finchley Road on Wednesday afternoon

The child went missing from a bus stop on Finchley Road on Wednesday afternoon - Credit: Archant

Police launched a dramatic search for a missing child in Swiss Cottage only to discover the boy was safe and well with staff at his primary school.

Officers were called to reports that the seven-year-old boy – who was in the care of an au-pair – had gone missing from a bus stop outside the London Overground head office in Finchley Road at 3.15pm on Wednesday last week.

A police van attended the scene where a crowd had gathered around the child’s mother and au-pair, who were both visibly distraught, and the missing boy’s brother.

Shortly after the officers’ arrival, his mother received a call from the boy’s school to say he was there.

Officers then drove the mother and the au-pair to the school where they were reunited with the lad.


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Student Paul Young, 16, said he saw the au-pair get off the C11 bus, heading to Brent Cross Shopping Centre, with the missing boy’s brother just after 3pm.

He said: “We found out she was supposed to have two children with her and she only had one with her.

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“She just couldn’t believe it, she was running around for about five minutes panicking.

“The mum came down and they were having a bit of an argument.

“The au-pair said, ‘The boy is always doing things like this – he’s always hiding from me and playing practical jokes’.

“And then we heard the police say on the radio that the child was still in school.”

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