A 10-year-old child was ‘forced into a car’ on his way home from school before being discovered alone in the parking lot.

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POLICE have opened an investigation after a “distressed” 10-year-old boy was found by a member of the public on his own in a public park in Bristol.

Avon and Somerset Police said the boy had since told officers that he was “forced into a vehicle while making his way home from school”.

The boy was checked out at hospital and is “now safe at home with his family”, police said.

Officers are “taking the report seriously and are following up on a number of lines of enquiry”, Avon and Somerset Police said in a statement.

Police were first alerted to the incident following a call from a member of the public at 4.50pm on Monday, October 4, who had found the boy in Stoke Park – located on the north-westerly outskirts of the city, between the Lockleaze area and the M32.

As part of their investigation, police are appealing for witnesses who were in the Romney Avenue area – which runs along Stoke Park – between 3.15pm and 4.15pm on that day and “who saw anything suspicious”.

They also asked that anyone who drove through the area check their dashcam and contact the police if they think they may have recorded anything which may help the investigation.

Chief Inspector Robert Cheeseman said they “fully understand the concern this incident is likely to cause the local community”.

He added that he would “like to reassure” members of the public that “we’re looking into it as a priority.”

The police would be carrying out “high-visibility patrols to reassure parents”, Chief Inspector Cheeseman said, “and anyone with specific concerns is encouraged to speak to an officer.

“The boy and his family are being supported by specialist officers while we are also keeping the boy’s school updated about our inquiry.”

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