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Police boosted after child abduction

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/11/2016

<span style="font-size:13px;">Police are promising to be out and about around schools in the Ranui area of Auckland on Monday after a boy was abducted last Thursday.</span> © Phil Walter/Getty Images Police are promising to be out and about around schools in the Ranui area of Auckland on Monday after a boy was abducted last Thursday. There will be a police presence in the west Auckland suburb of Ranui before and after school on Monday as an investigation into the abduction and sexual assault of a boy continues.

The 11-year-old got off a train at Ranui Station and walked in the direction of Ranui Station Road, towards his home at about 4pm on Thursday.

A man driving a grey van stopped to ask the boy for directions and then abducted him.

He drove to an unknown location, sexually assaulted the boy, then drove him back to Ranui and let him go, police say.

Family members were looking for the boy when he didn't arrive at home at 4.30pm and police were alerted. The boy arrived home about 8pm.

Specialist interviewers have only had a brief conversation with the boy and are continuing to support the family, Detective Senior Sergeant Jason McIntosh said on Sunday.

Police welcome any further information on sightings of a man driving a grey van just before 4pm in the area on Thursday.

Police are also appealing for anyone with private CCTV or smart phone footage from Thursday afternoon to contact them.

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