'Missing child' near railway line sparks police incident

Devon and Cornwall Police helicopter
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A police incident was sparked this afternoon (Tues) near Cranbrook train station, near Exeter Airport, as a child was reported to be spotted alone near the railway. Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police, as well as the police helicopter, were scrambled to the scene.

The incident led to delays on the railway line, with services affected for several hours. But despite the search, no sign of a missing child has been found.

Devon and Cornwall Police said that enquiries into the initial report, which was made in good faith, are ongoing.

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A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: later: "Police were notified at around 1.50pm to reports of a concern of welfare of a child who was thought to have been seen alone near Cranbrook Railway Station.

"Officers have attended the area but have not located a child. The police helicopter was also in attendance to assist. Enquiries into the initial report, which was made in good faith, are ongoing."

South Western Railway first reported the incident shortly before 3pm, informing passengers that services were likely to be disrupted, revised, or cancelled as a result - and normal service was confirmed to have resumed by 6.20pm.

Members of the public spotted a police helicopter circling near the railway station, with others claiming they had seen "around 10 police cars and 5 ambulances" approaching the scene.