[P]olice have arrested a man and a woman following a report of an attempted abduction at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Officers were called at approximately 14:00hrs on Monday, 6 March to Great Ormond Street Hospital following a call from staff claiming that a couple had attempted to gain access to a ward.
Hospital staff checked the information provided by the couple and were allegedly shown an image of a premature baby in an incubator, which they claimed was theirs.
This information did not match hospital records and staff subsequently called police.
Officers attended and arrested the 31-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman on suspicion of conspiracy to commit child abduction.
They were taken to a central London police station and have since been bailed to a date in mid-April.
Contrary to reports in the local media no second couple is being sought by police.
Officers were made aware that a couple matching the same description as the man and woman that have been arrested and bailed, previously attended the Royal London Hospital enquiring about a baby on Friday, 3 March. They subsequently left.
This information is currently being assessed by officers from Camden CID who are investigating and will form part of ongoing enquiries.
Inspector Paul Clarke 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 said: “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.”
Enquires into the incident continue.
The Met is working with partners in the NHS, including NHS Protect, to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and staff.