Rumours that 2 children were kidnapped at Jurong Point false: Police

Police have warned of a false message circulating on social media claiming that two children were kidnapped at Jurong Point Shopping Centre on Monday (March 27).
Police have warned of a false message circulating on social media claiming that two children were kidnapped at Jurong Point Shopping Centre on Monday (March 27).PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Police have warned of a false message circulating on social media claiming that two children were kidnapped at Jurong Point Shopping Centre on Monday (March 27).

The message also claimed that two men were arrested.

"The information is not true. There were no reports made to the police of a child kidnapping incident," police said in a post on their official Facebook page on Thursday.

The police also urged members of the public not to spread unsubstantiated information which may cause public alarm.

"The police take a very stern view against anyone who knowingly spreads false information to mislead the public and will not hesitate to take action against such individuals," they said.

The shopping centre also called on the public not to further circulate this false information to avoid unnecessary alarm in a post on their own Facebook page.

A similar case happened last July when a kidnapping that was reported at VivoCity turned out to be untrue.