Cops probing kidnap hoax

Police responded to Helenvale area in Port Elizabeth starting a search for a missing child apparently abducted on her way to school just before 8am on Monday. The community later reacted to the police search not being successful by blocking Gail Road and setting the bushy area where they thought the child was at alight and preventing the emergency services from continuing the search. The community then marched to the Gelvandale police station demanding action by this stage all available units in the Port Elizabeth area was called to assist the Gelvandale Police station.  Picture Eugene Coetzee
Police responded to Helenvale area in Port Elizabeth starting a search for a missing child apparently abducted on her way to school just before 8am on Monday. 
Picture Eugene Coetzee

Prank led to police resources being wasted

PORT Elizabeth police are trawling social media websites in an attempt to track down the person responsible for spreading rumours about an abduction in the city’s northern areas on Monday.

There was mass hysteria in Helenvale as a massive manhunt was launched for the alleged victim, believed to be a primary schoolgirl who had been grabbed by a man and taken into the nearby bushes.

Police spokesman Warrant Officer Alwin Labans said yesterday those responsible for fuelling the frenzy by posting false information on social media would be held responsible.

He said they had identified one of two individuals who had posted incorrect information – most likely obtained from listening in on illegal police scanners – on social media.

-Gareth Wilson

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