Child abduction rumours quashed

An alleged abduction at Buckhaven Primary School sparked online speculation
An alleged abduction at Buckhaven Primary School sparked online speculation

Rumours that a woman attempted to abduct a child at a Levenmouth school have been quashed after going viral on social media sites.

An incident at Buckhaven Primary School last Tuesday did prompt an alleged abduction investigation, but police are satisfied there was no evidence of criminal behaviour.

Chief Inspector Graeme Kinmond said: “My officers were dealing with a routine enquiry made by school staff to ensure no offence had taken place, following reports made by very young pupils.”

Detailed enquiries, including a review of the school CCTV system, had been carried out and a local woman was traced and spoken to.

However, gossip on social media sites quickly led to rumours that a female ‘serial child abductor’ had also targeted Denbeath Primary School and snatched a child at Aberhill Primary School.

A routine child safety message issued to parents by Fife schools simply helped fuel the online rumour-mill.

Bryan Kirkaldy, head of education, confirmed there had been no attempted abductions at either school.

He said: “We regularly give advice about personal safety to pupils and their parents but it is important to stress to people in the Levenmouth area that, on this occasion, there is no cause for concern.”

Meanwhile, Chief inspector Kinmond it was “disappointing” to see online comments creating a “serious crime where none actually exists”.

He said: “We are obviously keen for the public and, in particular, children to report matters that give them concern and ‘speculation’ can damage this process.

“Risk to children is taken extremely seriously and we need them to engage whenever they feel threatened in some way, regardless of the circumstances.

“I hope this message provides reassurance to both parents and pupils in the area.”