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A young boy has been reunited with his family in China after he was snatched away by a stranger in broad daylight while wandering on the streets alone.

Chilling surveillance footage shows a woman speaking to the lost youngster before scooping him up and carrying him as they walked through the neighbourhood in southern Chinese province Guangdong.

Police have detained the alleged abductor under the suspicion of child trafficking after being notified by the boy’s parents, according to reports.

The boy is seen following the woman before being taken away by the alleged child-trafficker

The boy is seen following the woman before being taken away by the alleged child-trafficker

The woman is seen carrying the child as they walked through a neighbourhood in Guangzhou

The woman is seen carrying the child as they walked through a neighbourhood in Guangzhou

 A young boy has been reunited with his family in China after he was snatched away by a stranger in broad daylight while wandering on the streets alone. The pictures above show screenshots of the CCTV footage in which the woman with the little boy in Guangzhou

The child and his young sibling were taken outside to play by his grandfather in the city of Guangzhou before the terrifying incident occurred on August 4.

While the grandparent was looking after the younger child, the boy suddenly wandered off by himself and disappeared, his mother told Pear Video.

Local police immediately launched an investigation after being contacted by the distraught family.

‘We checked through CCTV footage as soon as we received this case,’ an officer told reporters: ‘The child had run onto a road after the family failed to watch over him properly.

While the grandparent was looking after the younger child, the boy suddenly wandered off by himself

While the grandparent was looking after the younger child, the boy suddenly wandered off by himself

Local police immediately launched an investigation about the missing boy after being contacted by the distraught family

Local police immediately launched an investigation about the missing boy after being contacted by the distraught family

The child and his young sibling were taken outside to play by his grandfather in the city of Guangzhou before the terrifying incident occurred on August 4, according to Chinese media

The picture shows the alleged abductor picking up the boy in Guangzhou

The picture shows the alleged abductor picking up the boy in Guangzhou

They are said to have later travelled to another city via coach

They are said to have later travelled to another city via coach

The pictures above are screenshots of the CCTV footage in which the Chinese woman is seen picking up the youngster and walking on a street while carrying the boy in Guangzhou city

‘He was then spotted by this middle-aged woman who appeared to have said something affectionate to the child. The child then started following her,’ the official added.

A clip shows the Chinese woman picking up the youngster and walking on the streets of Guangzhou while carrying the boy.

They then got on a coach and travelled to Yingde, a city 139 kilometres (86 miles) away from where the boy’s family lived.

After locating the pair’s whereabouts, the authorities rushed to the city of Yingde about three hours after the woman had arrived there.

The police eventually found the suspect with the young boy in a ‘dark, dingy rented flat’, the officer told Chinese media.

The woman is said to have been in shock when the authorities force-opened the door and seized her.

The picture shows the alleged abductor being detained by police

The picture shows the alleged abductor being detained by police

The woman is said to have been in shock when the authorities force-opened the door and seized her

The woman is said to have been in shock when the authorities force-opened the door and seized her

After locating the pair’s whereabouts, the authorities rushed to the city of Yingde about three hours after the woman had arrived there. The police eventually found the suspect with the young boy in a ‘dark, dingy rented flat’, a police officer in Guangzhou told Chinese media

The boy is seen being reunited with his worried family in Guangzhou

The boy is seen being reunited with his worried family in Guangzhou

He is said to have been unharmed during the abduction, according to police

He is said to have been unharmed during the abduction, according to police

The abducted child was successfully rescued and reunited with his parents (pictured) 11 hours after he went missing, the police said. He appeared to have been unhurt during the incident

When confronted by the officials, the suspect claimed that she was taking the child to meet up with a friend.

She has been taken into custody under the suspicion of child trafficking amid an ongoing police investigation.

The abducted child was successfully rescued and reunited with his parents 11 hours after he went missing, the police said. He appeared to have been unhurt during the incident. 

Human trafficking has been a serious issue in Chinese society. Although there are no official figures, media reports suggest that between 20,000 to 200,000 youngsters are snatched away from their families in the country every year.

Some are bought, some are simply stolen. They end up as labourers, in forced marriages or as the adoptees of wealthy families, either in China itself or overseas.

The news comes as a 60-year-old Chinese mother has been reunited with her 34-year-old son who was abducted at the age of two after she searched for him tirelessly for over three decades.

The parent, Li Jingzhi, had spent the last 32 years travelling across China on a quest to look for her child, nicknamed Jia Jia, after he was kidnapped on the street in 1988, reported Chinese media in May.

Why is child abduction a serious problem in China?

Around 200,000 boys and girls are reported to be missing every year in China

Around 200,000 boys and girls are reported to be missing every year in China

Around 200,000 boys and girls are reported to be missing every year in China

Child abduction is a serious problem in China, especially in rural areas. 

One major cause is that the Chinese families prefer sons to daughters, resulting in them buying baby boys. 

In addition, a severe gender gap – a result of four decades of one-child policy – has made it hard for Chinese men to find wives. Therefore, teenager girls are sometimes kidnapped and sold as child brides.

Child abduction remains a sensitive topic to the Chinese authorities. No official figures have been released on how many children are kidnapped in China every year.

However according to a 2013 report on China Nation Radio, around 200,000 boys and girls are estimated to be missing every year. Among them, only 200, or 0.1 per cent, would be able to find their parents at some point of their lives.

A survey shows that around 64 per cent of the kidnapped children in China are boys

A survey shows that around 64 per cent of the kidnapped children in China are boys

A survey shows that around 64 per cent of the kidnapped children in China are boys

But other recent reports have estimated that the estimated number could fall anywhere between 20,000 and 200,000.

Baobeihuijia, a website specialised in connecting families with their missing members, has conducted a survey on the kidnapped children in China based on 8,861 cases listed on their website. 

The survey shows that around 64 per cent of the kidnapped children are boys and more than 75 per cent of the kidnapped children are under the age of six.

However, among those who are abducted over the age of 13, there are more girls than boys.

The survey also claims that children under the age of four are most likely to be abducted in China.

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No politician has emerged from relative obscurity to champion the rule of law more than barrister MP Sir Bob Neill who, as Remainer-in-chief, has noisily led the charge against the Government’s Brexit Bill.

However, he’s been noticeably less forthcoming while under investigation by Parliament’s watchdog over some rather whiffy advocacy.

I can reveal the Tory knight has been found to have breached Commons rules by the Standards Commissioner for failing to declare a financial interest while lobbying for multi-million-pound planning applications in his constituency.

No politician has emerged from relative obscurity to champion the rule of law more than barrister MP Sir Bob Neill, pictured

No politician has emerged from relative obscurity to champion the rule of law more than barrister MP Sir Bob Neill, pictured

No politician has emerged from relative obscurity to champion the rule of law more than barrister MP Sir Bob Neill, pictured

As well as trousering an extra salary for chairing the Commons Justice Select Committee, Sir Bob is also on the payroll of the Substantia Group, a one-stop shop for developers. 

The firm is run by Terry Pullen – boss of Essex nightclub the Sugar Hut – better known as the club of choice in TV’s The Only Way Is Essex. 

Since 2016, Pullen has paid Sir Bob, 68, £50,000 for ‘strategic consultancy advice’.

The MP for Bromley and Chislehurst wrote glowing letters of support on Commons notepaper to London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Bromley Council for planning applications from Substantia clients without declaring his paid role.

These included a luxury hotel and football stadium for Cray Wanderers FC, which got the green light last summer despite concerns about Sir Bob’s links to Substantia raised by blogger Dr Alex May.

On top of a monthly stipend from Substantia, Sir Bob received a £10,000 bonus after Khan dropped his opposition to the stadium and its £2.5 million sale went through. 

The MP wrote glowing letters of support on Commons notepaper for planning applications from Substantia clients without declaring his paid role, including a football stadium for Cray Wanderers FC, pictured

The MP wrote glowing letters of support on Commons notepaper for planning applications from Substantia clients without declaring his paid role, including a football stadium for Cray Wanderers FC, pictured

The MP wrote glowing letters of support on Commons notepaper for planning applications from Substantia clients without declaring his paid role, including a football stadium for Cray Wanderers FC, pictured

He declared this in the Register of Interests as a fee for ‘additional strategic and corporate advice’.

Last night the former Planning Minister said he has formally apologised for breaking the Code of Conduct. 

No doubt he’ll now consider which housing charity to donate his £10,000 bonus to.

Firebrand Momentum MP Zarah Sultana raised eyebrows by using her maiden Commons speech to denounce the past ‘40 years of Thatcherism’ – in which she included 13 years of Blair and Brown.

Of the 140 MPs first elected in December, the 26-year-old was the only one to rip up the convention for maiden speeches to be ‘uncontroversial’ – and to throw some innovative expenses claims in the mix.

Rather than accept available help from Commons staff, Sultana hired a private consultancy firm for ‘editing’ videos of her speech and claimed back the cost on parliamentary expenses. One to watch.

Brand Rishi was in full flow last week – leaving tough-guy Defence Minister Johnny Mercer feeling a little battered. In a WhatsApp group, Mercer grumbled about Chancellor Sunak’s jobs scheme announcement: ‘Is it possible to have these graphics with the Conservative logo on, instead of Rishi’s signature? Clearly he is doing a good job, but we are all in this together.’

Once a den of bohemian bad behaviour, London’s Soho has cleaned up its act – symbolised by the area now being newly-favoured by Downing Street advisers. 

They can be found letting off steam over negronis in Frith Street’s many watering holes – thus conveniently avoiding the spies Dominic Cummings has installed in Westminster restaurants. 

Peston’s a flop as Nilsen’s twin 

ITV murdered its rivals by grabbing ten million viewers for its drama about serial-killer civil servant Dennis Nilsen. 

Robert Peston

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David Tennant's Dennis Nilsen

David Tennant's Dennis Nilsen

Robert Peston, pictured left, and David Tennant’s Dennis Nilsen, pictured right

Meanwhile, the broadcaster’s ‘slayer of politicians’, Robert Peston, tells me the portrayal of shaggy-haired Nilsen by David Tennant made him rush to the barber to get his floppy locks tamed and hankering for a makeover. 

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Terror of the e-scooters: Owners post guides showing how to override software to hit 40mph 

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Electric scooter owners are offering online guides showing users how to override the devices’ speed-limiting software to reach up to 40mph.

A Mail on Sunday investigation has unearthed dozens of shocking video tutorials encouraging riders to manipulate the battery-powered vehicles and break the law. 

In one clip, a British rider promises viewers that their scooter will ‘go like a rocket’. ‘I don’t think you would feel safe going any faster but it’s so much fun,’ he adds.

Rental e-scooters were made legal on some roads in Britain this summer with their speed capped at 15.5mph.

Electric scooter owners are offering online guides showing users how to override the devices’ speed-limiting software to reach up to 40mph. An e-scooter user is seen riding through the pedestrianised town centre of Middlesbrough

Electric scooter owners are offering online guides showing users how to override the devices’ speed-limiting software to reach up to 40mph. An e-scooter user is seen riding through the pedestrianised town centre of Middlesbrough

Electric scooter owners are offering online guides showing users how to override the devices’ speed-limiting software to reach up to 40mph. An e-scooter user is seen riding through the pedestrianised town centre of Middlesbrough 

But our investigation has revealed how, with just a few taps of the device, owners can easily hack into the software and increase the top speed of some of the most popular scooters sold in the UK.

One British e-scooter owner, Dave Samuel, released a video showing viewers how to ‘unlock’ the Inokim OXO Electric Scooter, a popular model on sale in the UK for £1,300.

‘I’m making this video on how to derestrict the scooter from its factory setting of 15mph to full blown 40mph,’ he says, before giving detailed, step-by-step instructions about how to remove the limiter.

In a separate video, another Briton, Duncan Smith, reveals how to ‘hack’ the top speeds for the Xiaomi M365 scooter, another popular model available for £469 in Halfords.

‘By unlocking the scooter, by which I mean the speed limit that’s on it, you can go a little bit faster. I say a little bit faster but I mean this scooter will go like a rocket,’ he says.

In the clip, which sees Smith whizzing along public pavements – which is illegal – and weaving between young children, he explains how users can remove the software that limits the speed to 15mph and reach top speeds of 22mph. 

‘In my opinion, this is the hack that makes buying the Xiaomi Pro an absolute no-brainer compared to other more expensive e-scooters. Once you release the speed limiter on this thing it feels like a proper little rocket. I don’t even think you would feel safe going any faster but it’s so much fun.’ 

In a third video, a user explains how a Kaabo Electric Scooter, which sell in the UK for about £500, can be hacked so it reaches speeds of 25mph. In the comments sections of the video, one person wrote: ‘Just hacked my scooter! It really worked! I’m going rocket speed now.’

Last night, campaigners warned that the ‘hacks’ would lead to even more accidents and injuries on the roads. 

Rental e-scooters were made legal on some roads in Britain this summer with their speed capped at 15.5mph [File photo]

Rental e-scooters were made legal on some roads in Britain this summer with their speed capped at 15.5mph [File photo]

Rental e-scooters were made legal on some roads in Britain this summer with their speed capped at 15.5mph [File photo]

Luke Griggs, Deputy Chief Executive of brain injury association Headway, said: ‘It is extremely concerning to see online tutorials explaining how to remove the speed limiters on e-scooters. The production of such videos is irresponsible and is likely to lead to severe injuries and possibly fatalities. Tragically, it is not just the riders that will be placed in danger, it is innocent members of the public.

‘We are already seeing repeated reports of e-scooters being ridden on pavements at excessive speeds, with the most vulnerable in society being placed in harm’s way.’

Last night, Mr Smith said: ‘There are speed limits in public, so anything over 15mph would be for private use on private land. If you choose to break the law and go dangerously fast in public that is not my doing.’

Charity fundraiser, 57, died after he lost control of his e-scooter on a steep hill in the UK’s second such death, inquest hears

  • Barrie Howes, 57, was killed in a freak accident as he travelled home from work 
  • Mr Howes lost control as he travelled down a steep hill, inquest last week heard
  • His death is expected to raise questions on e-scooters on roads at high speeds 

By Jonathan Bucks for the Mail on Sunday 

A prolific charity campaigner suffered a fatal fall from his electric scooter in what is believed to be the second such death in the UK.

Barrie Howes was killed in a freak accident as he travelled home from work after heeding the Government’s call to avoid public transport in the early days of the pandemic.

The 57-year-old engineering instructor’s death is expected to raise questions about the ability of the e-scooters to navigate Britain’s roads at high speeds. 

Barrie Howes was killed in a freak accident as he travelled home from work after heeding the Government’s call to avoid public transport in the early days of the pandemic

Barrie Howes was killed in a freak accident as he travelled home from work after heeding the Government’s call to avoid public transport in the early days of the pandemic

Barrie Howes was killed in a freak accident as he travelled home from work after heeding the Government’s call to avoid public transport in the early days of the pandemic

In July, TV presenter Emily Hartridge, 35, was killed when her e-scooter collided with a lorry in London.

An inquest last week heard Mr Howes lost control as he travelled down Brompton Hill, a steep residential road in Chatham, Kent. He flew off and, despite wearing a helmet, was found by a passer-by suffering from traumatic brain injuries.

Mr Howes was airlifted to hospital in London where his condition deteriorated and he died nine days later on July 3.

Detective Sergeant Michael Champion, of Kent Police, said the scooter had a speed of 10 to 30mph but ‘on a steep incline, it would have increased by going downhill. 

He would have been going at quite a speed when he lost control and crashed’, he added.

The inquest heard Mr Howes was unable to drive because of eye problems and was on medication that meant he was more likely to bleed in an accident. 

His wife of 32 years, Claire, said he had been catching the bus to work ‘but it was really when lockdown started that the Government said avoid public transport if you can and he decided to get the e-scooter.

In July, TV presenter Emily Hartridge, 35, was killed when her e-scooter collided with a lorry in London

In July, TV presenter Emily Hartridge, 35, was killed when her e-scooter collided with a lorry in London

In July, TV presenter Emily Hartridge, 35, was killed when her e-scooter collided with a lorry in London

‘I want to thank the bystanders [who helped], especially at the moment when people don’t want to get too close.’

Mr Howes underwent heart surgery in 2006 and met Princess Anne through his fundraising efforts for the British Heart Foundation. 

As he undertook a charity trek of Peru’s Machu Picchu, he said: ‘It’s an opportunity to make the most of the second chance in life I’ve been given.’

In a public tribute, friend Karen Wood described him as ‘an outstanding pillar of society’. 

Even in death, Mr Howes helped others and his wife told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Some good has come out of the bad. Three of his organs have helped people to live on, his liver and two kidneys have been transplanted.’

A verdict of accidental death was recorded.

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Charity fundraiser, 57, died after he lost control of his e-scooter on a steep hill

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A prolific charity campaigner suffered a fatal fall from his electric scooter in what is believed to be the second such death in the UK.

Barrie Howes was killed in a freak accident as he travelled home from work after heeding the Government’s call to avoid public transport in the early days of the pandemic.

The 57-year-old engineering instructor’s death is expected to raise questions about the ability of the e-scooters to navigate Britain’s roads at high speeds. 

Barrie Howes was killed in a freak accident as he travelled home from work after heeding the Government’s call to avoid public transport in the early days of the pandemic

Barrie Howes was killed in a freak accident as he travelled home from work after heeding the Government’s call to avoid public transport in the early days of the pandemic

Barrie Howes was killed in a freak accident as he travelled home from work after heeding the Government’s call to avoid public transport in the early days of the pandemic

In July, TV presenter Emily Hartridge, 35, was killed when her e-scooter collided with a lorry in London.

An inquest last week heard Mr Howes lost control as he travelled down Brompton Hill, a steep residential road in Chatham, Kent. He flew off and, despite wearing a helmet, was found by a passer-by suffering from traumatic brain injuries.

Mr Howes was airlifted to hospital in London where his condition deteriorated and he died nine days later on July 3.

Detective Sergeant Michael Champion, of Kent Police, said the scooter had a speed of 10 to 30mph but ‘on a steep incline, it would have increased by going downhill. 

He would have been going at quite a speed when he lost control and crashed’, he added.

The inquest heard Mr Howes was unable to drive because of eye problems and was on medication that meant he was more likely to bleed in an accident. 

His wife of 32 years, Claire, said he had been catching the bus to work ‘but it was really when lockdown started that the Government said avoid public transport if you can and he decided to get the e-scooter.

In July, TV presenter Emily Hartridge, 35, was killed when her e-scooter collided with a lorry in London

In July, TV presenter Emily Hartridge, 35, was killed when her e-scooter collided with a lorry in London

In July, TV presenter Emily Hartridge, 35, was killed when her e-scooter collided with a lorry in London

‘I want to thank the bystanders [who helped], especially at the moment when people don’t want to get too close.’

Mr Howes underwent heart surgery in 2006 and met Princess Anne through his fundraising efforts for the British Heart Foundation. 

As he undertook a charity trek of Peru’s Machu Picchu, he said: ‘It’s an opportunity to make the most of the second chance in life I’ve been given.’

In a public tribute, friend Karen Wood described him as ‘an outstanding pillar of society’. 

Even in death, Mr Howes helped others and his wife told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Some good has come out of the bad. Three of his organs have helped people to live on, his liver and two kidneys have been transplanted.’

A verdict of accidental death was recorded.

Terror of the e-scooters: Owners post guides showing how to override speed-limiting software to hit 40mph

  • Dozens of shocking video tutorials encourage riders to manipulate e-scooters 
  • In one clip a British rider promises viewers that their scooter will ‘go like a rocket’
  • Owners can hack into the software and increase the top speed in just a few taps

By Holly Bancroft for the Mail on Sunday 

Electric scooter owners are offering online guides showing users how to override the devices’ speed-limiting software to reach up to 40mph.

A Mail on Sunday investigation has unearthed dozens of shocking video tutorials encouraging riders to manipulate the battery-powered vehicles and break the law. 

In one clip, a British rider promises viewers that their scooter will ‘go like a rocket’. ‘I don’t think you would feel safe going any faster but it’s so much fun,’ he adds.

Rental e-scooters were made legal on some roads in Britain this summer with their speed capped at 15.5mph.

Electric scooter owners are offering online guides showing users how to override the devices’ speed-limiting software to reach up to 40mph. An e-scooter user is seen riding through the pedestrianised town centre of Middlesbrough

Electric scooter owners are offering online guides showing users how to override the devices’ speed-limiting software to reach up to 40mph. An e-scooter user is seen riding through the pedestrianised town centre of Middlesbrough

Electric scooter owners are offering online guides showing users how to override the devices’ speed-limiting software to reach up to 40mph. An e-scooter user is seen riding through the pedestrianised town centre of Middlesbrough 

But our investigation has revealed how, with just a few taps of the device, owners can easily hack into the software and increase the top speed of some of the most popular scooters sold in the UK.

One British e-scooter owner, Dave Samuel, released a video showing viewers how to ‘unlock’ the Inokim OXO Electric Scooter, a popular model on sale in the UK for £1,300.

‘I’m making this video on how to derestrict the scooter from its factory setting of 15mph to full blown 40mph,’ he says, before giving detailed, step-by-step instructions about how to remove the limiter.

In a separate video, another Briton, Duncan Smith, reveals how to ‘hack’ the top speeds for the Xiaomi M365 scooter, another popular model available for £469 in Halfords.

‘By unlocking the scooter, by which I mean the speed limit that’s on it, you can go a little bit faster. I say a little bit faster but I mean this scooter will go like a rocket,’ he says.

Rental e-scooters were made legal on some roads in Britain this summer with their speed capped at 15.5mph [File photo]

Rental e-scooters were made legal on some roads in Britain this summer with their speed capped at 15.5mph [File photo]

Rental e-scooters were made legal on some roads in Britain this summer with their speed capped at 15.5mph [File photo]

In the clip, which sees Smith whizzing along public pavements – which is illegal – and weaving between young children, he explains how users can remove the software that limits the speed to 15mph and reach top speeds of 22mph. 

‘In my opinion, this is the hack that makes buying the Xiaomi Pro an absolute no-brainer compared to other more expensive e-scooters. Once you release the speed limiter on this thing it feels like a proper little rocket. I don’t even think you would feel safe going any faster but it’s so much fun.’ 

In a third video, a user explains how a Kaabo Electric Scooter, which sell in the UK for about £500, can be hacked so it reaches speeds of 25mph. In the comments sections of the video, one person wrote: ‘Just hacked my scooter! It really worked! I’m going rocket speed now.’

Last night, campaigners warned that the ‘hacks’ would lead to even more accidents and injuries on the roads. 

Luke Griggs, Deputy Chief Executive of brain injury association Headway, said: ‘It is extremely concerning to see online tutorials explaining how to remove the speed limiters on e-scooters. The production of such videos is irresponsible and is likely to lead to severe injuries and possibly fatalities. Tragically, it is not just the riders that will be placed in danger, it is innocent members of the public.

‘We are already seeing repeated reports of e-scooters being ridden on pavements at excessive speeds, with the most vulnerable in society being placed in harm’s way.’

Last night, Mr Smith said: ‘There are speed limits in public, so anything over 15mph would be for private use on private land. If you choose to break the law and go dangerously fast in public that is not my doing.’

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