Plymouth police deny online child-snatch rumour
POLICE have moved to quash internet rumours that "child-snatchers" had targeted a park in Yelverton.
Rumours of an abduction sprang up on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter on Friday morning, causing concern among several parents in the village.
Devon and Cornwall Police said they had received a "well intentioned" report from a carer who had feared a youngster was being led away by an older group.
But a force spokesman said there appeared to have been no malice in the incident at Yelverton Park, and officers took no further action.
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However, within hours rumours began circulating online of a young girl having been targeted by men driving a white van at the same park. Police have reassured parents and other Yelverton residents that this was not the case.