Two Arrested After Baby Snatched In Telford

25 February 2016, 06:49 | Updated: 25 February 2016, 06:53

Two women have been arrested on suspicion of child abduction after a baby boy was taken from a home in Shropshire.

Two women arrested after a nine-week-old boy went missing from his home are being questioned on suspicion of child abduction.

The suspects, whose ages have not been released, were detained after officers in Telford, Shropshire, launched an urgent appeal to trace the infant.

Neighbours claimed the baby was taken away from a house in Manor Road, Arleston, by a white woman who walked into the cul-de-sac shortly before 3pm on Wednesday.

Officers issued a photograph of the baby and details of his clothing around two hours later, along with a description of a woman he was thought to be with.

In a subsequent statement confirming that the baby had been located, West Mercia Police said: "He is currently being checked over by hospital staff and will be reunited with his family shortly.

"Two local women have been arrested on suspicion of child abduction and are currently in police custody.''

Some residents claimed the baby had been taken by a woman who walked into his home in Manor Road, while others claimed his mother may have been tricked into leaving the infant with a stranger.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said the mother returned shortly afterwards and found her baby had gone.

The resident said: "It was about 10 minutes to three and the police were here very quickly. They have done a great job and I'm so relieved they have found the baby.''

Sapheena Sultan, who also lives in the street, said: "Being a parent myself I know what pain the parents must have been going through, but the main thing is he is safe.''

West Mercia Police thanked those who helped to share the appeal:

"We have been overwhelmed by the support we received from the public and the media in sharing our appeal far and wide, thank you."