Police hunt for couple following child snatcher fears in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 10:26 23 August 2017 | UPDATED: 18:46 23 August 2017

Police hunt for couple following Hatfield child snatcher fears. Picture credit: Google Street View.

Police hunt for couple following Hatfield child snatcher fears. Picture credit: Google Street View.

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A Hatfield mum who experienced a mother's worst nightmare yesterday is warning other residents after a man and woman tried to grab her baby from her arms on her doorstep.

Zoe Whyman, 27, of The Wades, was feeding her baby yesterday evening when at 4.55pm there was a knock on her front door.

The mum of three, while carrying her three-month-old son, opened the door to be greeted by a man and a woman who asked her if she needed any child care.

Zoe told the couple she didn’t need any as she looked after her baby every day and her four-year-old and seven-year-old go to school full time.

Zoe told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “The man then said to me ‘he looks like a cute baby, can I give him a cuddle?’.

“It was a strange comment and my gut was telling me to shut my door so I stepped back and with my foot started to push my front door shut.

“The man then launched forward to try and grab my baby but luckily I managed to shut my door in time and then they ran away.”

The police have told the Welwyn Hatfield Times that they are currently carrying out extensive enquiries into the incident and are looking for the couple in order to understand their intentions.

The panicked mum shouted for her other children to go in the garden as she was too scared to be anywhere near her front door.

Zoe said: “I called the police straight away. I was so scared that they would come back and try again.

“I feel heartbroken that it’s happened and am now worried that people have been watching me and that’s how they knew I had kids and a baby.

“I don’t want to be alone now, open my door, or let my children out of my sight. I feel really anxious.”

Zoe added: “I just want to make other parents aware and warn them that this happened. Please, please be careful everyone.”

A spokeswoman for the police said: “Police were called to a suspicious incident at a property in The Wades yesterday.

“It is reported that a man and woman knocked on the door of the property, asked the resident if she required child care and then attempted to try to hold a baby who was in the arms of the resident.

“If anyone was in the area at the time and witnessed the incident, or saw the couple before or after the incident, they are asked to make contact with Hertfordshire Constabulary as soon as possible via the non-emergency number, 101 quoting ISR 513.”

Chief inspector for Welwyn Hatfield, Ruth Dodsworth said: “This incident will of course be of concern to the community.

“I’d reassure people that no similar incidents have been reported in the area and, until we can understand the motives behind the couple calling at this address, we cannot make firm conclusions about what has occurred.

“However, the Local Crime Unit is continuing to investigate this incident fully in order to identify the couple concerned.”

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