Missing Vigo 'Spiderman' boy remains mystery
PUBLISHED: 09:15 02 December 2010
The Chief Inspector who led a massive hunt after a boy wearing 'Spiderman' pyjamas was reported being seen alone outside a pub in the early hours says the case remains a mystery.
Police launched a hunt involving over 50 officers, assisted by dog handlers and a helicopter, at about 1.30am on Friday after the sighting at the Vigo Inn, Gravesend Road, Vigo, at about 1.30am
A caller claimed he had seen the child, who was about five or six-years-old, resulting in the search and house-to-house enquires on one of the coldest nights of the year.
Chief Supt John Kirby said: “Our search teams have covered the ground in the area where the child was sighted.
“We haven’t received any missing person reports of a child matching the description nor have neighbouring forces. We’ve spoken to local schools about who is absent and we’ve asked parents in the area if they can account for the whereabouts of their children.
“We’ve spoken in detail to the person who reported the sighting. At this time the incident remains unexplained.”
The operation was stood down in the early afternoon but police appealed for any parents whose child may have gone missing temporarily to contact them as they believed the report was credible.
Leonard Burton, 77, lives just metres from where the boy was seen.
He said: “Police knocked on my door at around 1.45am and said their had been a report of a missing child. Obviously you are a bit shocked to be woken at that hour and afterwards I could hear the helicopter and see it’s search light.
“Later in the afternoon they came round again and asked to search my garden, which I had already done, but found nothing. You had to hope it was a mistake because if there was a child out in their pyjamas on a night as cold as that they would be in serious trouble.”
Paul Agley, 40, was also questioned police, he added: “It was all rather bizarre because the first thing they asked was do we have a child missing. In the middle of the night it’s not what you expect.
“I just hope the guy had it wrong It is just so sad to think there might have been a child out there in this cold for a night and a day.”