Police renew appeals for sightings of grey van used to abduct 11-year-old

Police are renewing appeals for anyone who may have seen the grey van used to abduct an 11-year-old boy on Thursday afternoon in West Auckland.

The boy was taken from Ranui Station at 3.55pm by an unknown man and subjected to a four hour long ordeal where he was sexually assaulted before being returned to the station at 8pm.

Police in West Auckland have received dozens of calls in relation to the abduction.

"We are grateful to the community for contacting us with valuable information, which we are assessing and following up on.

We are also reviewing CCTV footage," said Detective Senior Sergeant Jason McIntosh.

"Police and partner agencies are continuing to support the boy and his family."

McIntosh said due to the nature of the incident, police would not be in a position to speak with the victim until the middle of next week.

"Additional patrols will be evident in the area over the next few days.

In the meantime, I would like to repeat our appeal for sightings of a grey van, between approximately 3.55pm and 8pm on Thursday."

The abduction has left parents and schools in Ranui on edge.

One mum, Neri Sipili who has four kids at Ranui Primary School, said it was worrying to hear of it happening so close to home.

Even though her eldest was 12, she always made sure to drop them off and pick them from school.

"That's why I'm always with them," she said.

A grandmother of two young girls, 7 and 8, who'd normally walk home from the school said news of what had happened to the 11-year-old prompted her to come and pick them up.

A mother with 7-year-old and 10-year-old sons at the school said it was "scary" hearing about the abduction.

She said she would be extra vigilant with them over the weekend.

Another mum, Vaita Timu, said it was an eye-opener for her, as normally her four girls, the oldest 11, walked home together while she was at work.

"We were just talking to them about being aware of strangers ... then this happened yesterday and it really, really scared me.

"I'm not going to let them walk home alone now."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Senior Sergeant Jason McIntosh on 021 191 2659.

Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

- NZ Herald

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