Couple arrested for trying to abduct a baby from Great Ormond Street hospital

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Couple arrested for trying to abduct a baby from Great Ormond Street hospital

A man and woman have been arrested for attempting to abduct a baby from Great Ormond Street Hospital in London

Police have arrested a man, 26, and woman, 31, who attempted to abduct a baby from Great Ormond Street hospital.

Staff at the hospital reported the couple to police, after they turned up at the hospital claiming they were there to take their baby home.

Great Ormond Street is a world renowned children's hospital (Credit: Getty)

The pair told staff that their child had been born prematurely at Royal London Hospital on March 1, and had been transferred to Great Ormond Street.

However, when staff looked into their story, they found it wasn't true.

The couple, who had a picture of a baby in an incubator - which it is believed had just been printed off the internet - were then arrested by police on suspicion of trying to abduct a baby.

Staff at the hospital alerted the police (Credit: Getty)

Inspector Paul Clarke, of the Met Police, said: “The actions of the staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital in making all of the necessary checks and the quick response of police in arresting a couple prevented what could have been a very frightening and harrowing incident.”

A spokeswoman for Great Ormond Street Hospital added: “Thankfully, this type of incident is exceptionally rare.We are pleased that staff at the hospital acted so swiftly and calmly to ensure the safety of all our patients.”

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