The Metropolitan Police have offered a reward of £20,000 for information leading to the safe return of three missing children Bilal Safi, Mohammed Ebrar Safi, and Mohammed Yaseen Safi, ages six, five and three. The three boys have been missing for over a month, since Thursday, the 20th of August, when they were taken by their father, Imran Safi. The father is also missing, but it is not clear if he is a suspect or a victim in the case. Police have already arrested 16 other people under suspicion of being connected with the disappearance, but thus far there have been no major clues.
Officers are looking to identify and interrogate a man who was driving a red Nissan Qashqai, registration PK13 WFO, at the time the children were taken. The red Nissan was photographed traveling down Malpit Road, Coulsdon, towards Coulsdon Central shortly after the abduction. So far, forensic investigators have had no luck identifying the man. The only details known about him is the car he was driving and that he was a bearded man. Police are asking residents who were in the area at the time of the abduction to check their dashcam footage for possible clues.
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Police also released new photos of the three boys, in hopes that someone will be able to identify them.
New images of the three boys have been released today as well. The pictures were taken by their foster carer on the day that the boys were abducted from a park in Croydon.
The Metropolitan Police have announced that there have already bee 16 arrests in the case, but many of them are now out on bail. Despite these 16 arrests, there are still no clues about where the children or their father may be.
A 25-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man were arrested in Kenley on Friday, 21 August. Then three men, two aged 20 and one aged 17, were arrested in Croydon on Sunday, 23 August. Next, a 25-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man were arrested in Kenley on Tuesday, 25 August. A 33-year-old man was arrested in Croydon on Tuesday, 25 August.
Four men between the ages of 21 and 41 were arrested at an address in Ilford in the early hours of Friday, 28 August. A 31-year-old man was arrested at a residential address in Ilford on Saturday, 29 August. He has since been released under investigation. A 17-year-old male was arrested at an address on Connaught Road in Bristol. A 45-year-old man was arrested at Heathrow Airport on Thursday, 10 September for conspiracy to kidnap. Most recently, a 30-year-old man was arrested at an address on High Street in Thornton Heath on suspicion of conspiracy to kidnap and possession of an offensive weapon.
Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Imran Safi or the three children is urged to call the incident room on 07942599374. Police say that this number is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you have a tip and wish to stay anonymous, contact the charity Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111 or fill in their simple and secure anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.