Police have admitted their response to the attempted abduction of an 11-year-old boy in Beckenham was “not sufficient” after facing criticism from his Line of Duty actor mother.

Sherise Blackman, who plays an officer in the series, said she was “very dissatisfied” with how the incident involving her son had been investigated.

Two hooded men on foot and another in a car allegedly stalked the 11-year-old, before chasing him into Croydon Road Recreation Ground on Friday at around 4.40pm.

The men disappeared when the boy sought help from two teenagers.

After she claimed police were trying to "fob off" the incident, the Met released a statement this afternoon admitting fault and renewing their appeal for information.

Superintendent Andy Brittain, from the South Area BCU, which covers the Bromley borough, said: “I fully acknowledge our initial response was not sufficient given the extremely worrying circumstances of this incident.

"The matter was reviewed and detectives are carrying out further investigation which remains ongoing.

"CCTV of the area is currently being reviewed to identify any possible suspects.

"Detectives have been in touch with the boy’s parents to update them on the investigation so far, and will continue to keep them informed of any developments.

“I want to reassure the boy’s parents and the wider community that this incident is being fully investigated to establish the full circumstances of what happened.”

“I would also appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident to come forward and speak to officers, especially the two men playing tennis that the victim approached for help.”

The boy was walking home from school on Whitmore Road when he was approached by two men in a small black van who asked if he wanted a lift.

He ran into Croydon Road Recreation Ground, followed by the men.

The boy spotted two teens in a tennis court area and ran to tell them he was being followed.

The two suspects then left the scene and the victim ran home to his parents, very shaken, but not physically harmed.

His mother expressed concern that police were not taking the incident sufficiently seriously when they visited her home on Sunday, May 2.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Ms Blackman said: “They were asking questions like have you got any issues with other boys and do you have beef with other kids.

“I could see where they were going with this and I was like no it wasn’t that. My son is a very smart little boy - he sensed danger.

“But they were trying to fob it off.”

There have been no arrests at this time as enquiries continue.

Anyone who has information that could assist police, or who saw the victim pursued by two males, should call police on 101 quoting reference Cad 5322/30Apr.