A desperate search is underway after a boy in pyjamas was spotted wandering the streets alone last night.
The child, who is thought to be as young as eight, was spotted by himself in New Waltham, North East Lincolnshire around midnight last night.
Officers have been conducting extensive enquiries throughout the night, Grimsby Live reported.
The boy was wearing dark coloured pyjamas and slippers.
He was spotted standing in the road by himself on the CCTV cameras of a house.
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One resident said: “It’s been going on all night, there has been a police helicopter and all-sorts.
“It started about midnight I think, someone saw a child walking past their home and reported because they were worried.”
Another said: “You just worry with it being so cold, poor thing.”
Police officers are stopping people driving into and leaving the area after an helicopter search was launched last night.
They are also going door-to-door in the hope of tracking down the boy.
A resident said: “My neighbour had a knock on the door at about 3am from the police.
“Just really hope they’re alright with the weather being the way it is.”
An elderly couple who live nearby said: “Bless him, hope he’s alright being out it’s been cold recently.
“Let’s just hope he’s made it home somewhere and is safe whatever has gone on.”
Detective Inspector Kerry Bull said: “Our search remains ongoing for a child reported to have been wandering around the Harvey Walk area of New Waltham in the early hours of this morning.
“The local community will continue to see a large police presence in the area as we continue our enquiries and offer reassurance to residents.
“We are continuing to door knock, search the New Waltham area and speak with those out and about locally. Local schools and partner agencies are also helping with our enquiries.
“We appreciate how distressing reports of this nature can be and I just want to offer reassurance that at this stage of our search, we don’t believe the child has come to harm and we are just trying to locate them to make sure they are safe and well.
“We would continue to appeal for the public to contact us if they have any information that could help. We are particularly interested in any CCTV footage in the area from just before midnight this morning.
“Our team can be contacted by calling 101 quoting log 16 of 13 November or you can speak to our officers in the community to raise any concerns or share information.
“I want to thank everyone who has shared our appeal so far or spoken to us.”