Line of Duty’s Sherise Blackman criticises police after ‘attempted abduction of her 11 year old son’

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Line of Duty star Sherise Blackman has criticised the police after her 11 year old son was almost abducted on Friday 30 April.

Sherise’s son, who has remained unnamed, was travelling home from school in Beckenham, Bromley in South East London after he was confronted by two men on foot and one man in a car.

The men then chased her young son into Croydon Road Recreation Ground, where the boy ran into a basketball court and was protected by two teenagers.

Sherise, who played firearms officer Ruby Jones on the BBC drama, has revealed the terrifying ordeal and shared her dissatisfaction after she reported the incident to the police.

Mum Sherise explained to Evening Standard that the bus her son usually uses to travel on was on diversion, so the boy got off at Croydon Road, as he “recognised where he was and knew he was not far from home”.

Actress Sherise explained that after the bus drove off, a black van pulled into the bus stop and someone in the vehicle asked her son where he was going.

Sherise, who has also appeared in EastEnders, said: “He did say ‘I’m going home’ and the man then said ‘hop in, I’ll give you a ride’ at which point my son was like that’s not normal and he kind of started to hop foot it away.”

After the encounter, Sherise explained that two men appeared to be following her son, who began “moving quite quickly” and running away.

As the boy ran, he saw the men were still following him. So, he went into Croydon Road Recreation Ground where he sought help from two teenagers.

Sherise explained: “He saw the basketball court and saw two teenage boys playing basketball and he ran in there behind them.

“The two men then followed him into the tennis court and said to the teenage boys, ‘Oh he’s with us’ at which point he [Ms Blackman’s son] said: ‘I don’t know them.”

The actress added: “When he ran into that court and those two boys were there, he thought they would protect me and they did.

“I would love to know who they were just to thank them.”

Sherise’s son then ran home, where he immediately told his parents what had happened. She said: “Once he got home, he was really shaken up, really scared. He told me and my husband what happened and we immediately called the police.”

But, after being told the police would visit her home on Sunday 2 May, the Line of Duty actress said she was left “very dissatisfied” with how cops dealt with the allegation.

She said: “They were asking questions like have you got any issues with other boys and do you have beef with other kids.

“I could see where they were going with this and I was like no it wasn’t that. My son is a very smart little boy – he sensed danger. But they were trying to fob it off.”

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Sherise added: “They made my son go through the whole rigmarole of explaining it and the poor thing was really nervous, only to say a crime hasn’t actually been committed,” she said.

“They said they’ll let the local area departments know and if anything happens again they can look into it.”

In a statement to the publication, the Met Police said: “Police were called at 16:40hrs on Friday, 30 April to reports of two males acting suspiciously in Whitmore Road, Beckenham. Officers arranged to take a statement from the complainant. No suspects were identified.

“The investigation has been closed; an intelligence report was recorded and should any further evidential opportunities arise this decision will be reviewed.”

OK! online has contacted Met Police for further comment.

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