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Great Ormond Street Hospital 'child abduction attempt': Police arrest couple

Police were alerted after staff saw a couple trying to access a ward with a picture of premature baby which they claimed was theirs

Great Ormond Street Hospital(Image: Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Images)

A couple have been arrested following reports of an attempted child abduction at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Police were called at around 2pm to the world renowned children’s hospital on Monday (March 6) after staff claimed two people had attempted to gain access to a ward.

They arrested a 31-year-old man and 25-year-old woman on suspicion of conspiracy to commit child abduction, who have since been bailed to a date in mid-April.

Inspector Paul Clarke said: “The actions of the staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital in making all of the necessary checks and the quick response of police in arresting a couple prevented what could have been a very frightening and harrowing incident.”

A spokesman for GOSH said: “Thankfully, this type of incident is exceptionally rare.

"We are pleased that staff at the hospital acted so swiftly and calmly to ensure the safety of all our patients.”

Enquires into the incident continue.

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