Man appears in court charged with abducting child in Bonnybridge

Police are deploying extra patrols in and around Woodburn Crescent to reassure residents
Police are deploying extra patrols in and around Woodburn Crescent to reassure residents

A man appeared in court yesterday charged with abducting a young child from a garden in Bonnybridge.

Derek Hornall (39) is alleged to have taken the child, a boy aged three-and-a-half, from a property in Woodburn Crescent at around 8.50 p.m. on Saturday.

Hornall, of Woodburn Crescent, appeared on petition at Falkirk Sheriff Court and made no plea or declaration at the hearing in private before Sheriff John Mundy.

The case was continued for further examination and Hornall was remanded in custody. He will reappear in court in seven days.

It is alleged the child was only taken for a “matter of minutes”.

Following the incident, police are deploying extra patrols in and around Woodburn Crescent, a residential street near Seabegs Road and a short distance from Antonine Primary School.

Inspector John Kellett said: “We would like to thank the public in assisting us to deal with this matter.

“These types of incident are thankfully rare and are an uncommon occurrence.”