Runaway naked boy '˜running through traffic' in Portsmouth sparks police response

A SHOCKED couple have told of the moment they spotted a naked young boy sprinting through the streets.

Sunday, 16th July 2017, 7:06 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:41 am
Police said no crimes were comitted

Nick Martell, 55, and his wife Teresa, 61, were on their way to Tesco today when they saw the six-year-old youngster and his brother, four, running around on their own.

He saw the two boys in Lake Road, in Portsmouth, quickly turning his car around to help.

He said: ‘I thought “this is ridiculous” how could something like this happen nowadays? My wife felt sick and my heart was going.

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‘It was lucky that the right people were around.’

Theresa scooped up the younger of the two, as another man took the older one to his mother nearby. The man used a blanket to cover up the boy.

Teresa said: ‘It was just horrifying.

‘People couldn’t believe this child was running around. People were doing double takes.

‘When you’re grandparents it’s just hits home a little bit, a naked child running around the streets.’

A Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘We were called at 10.18am by a member of the public reporting two young children walking alone.’

The children were reunited with their parents and no crimes were identified.