Police have taken a man into custody on suspicion of trying to abduct a child from its mother in a hospital.
He was arrested at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton yesterday in what was described as a ‘traumatic’ incident.
He went into the hospital’s accident and emergency department and tried to take the little boy from his mother, witnesses said.
The A&E department at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton where the incident happened on Sunday (Picture: Google Maps) West Midlands Police arrested the man on Sunday evening and is looking into reports of a second abduction incident (Picture: Twitter)He is alleged to have tried to abduct a second child from its father, but this has not been confirmed so far – and a police spokesman said they were looking into the claim.
Police said on Twitter last night: ‘#Eunit #Wolverhampton have arrested a male on suspicion of child abduction from Newcross Hospital.
‘A traumatic incident for child and mother.
‘As reassurance, these incidents are very rare and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.’
Earlier in the day another man was arrested after he was found to have a gun on him.
A handgun confiscated by police is clearly seen through this plastic bag – it has not been confirmed if it is a viable device (Picture: Twitter)The force said: ‘#Eunit #Wolverhampton have arrested a male for firearms offences at Newcross Hospital.
‘Thanks to courageous and brave security guards, @wmpfirearms and @ResponseWMP no-one was harmed.
‘This is being treated as an isolated incident.’
A spokesperson for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust said: ‘The safety of our patients and staff is paramount.
‘There were two separate incidents at New Cross Hospital last night which our security teams and the police dealt with swiftly.’
She added that no one had been injured.