This is a breaking news story and I have been contacted by friends of the family of the child.
They have provided cctv footage from a ring doorbell of the moment the suspect attempt child snatcher entered a flat block on Beick Lane.
This happened next to the famous Brick Lane bagels last Friday.
Police have launched a manhunt after a five-year-old boy was grabbed on his way home from school in east London.
Officers were called to Brick Lane in Tower Hamlets at around 6.40pm last Friday after a man allegedly followed the boy and tried to grab his hand.
The pupil was with two other family members and the trio managed to escape to a friend’s home before alerting the police, according to the Met.
An image has now been released of a man who police wish to speak to in connection with the attempted abduction.
He is described as being of Asian appearance, aged in his 20s or 30s and wearing a navy jumper, black jeans, black trainers and a black hat at the time of the incident.
The boy was not physically harmed and officers are providing support to his family.
Police are also increasing patrols in the area over this week, including during the school run.
In a statement, the Met said: ‘Police were called at 18:42hrs on Friday, 25 June following a report that an unknown man had approached a five-year-old boy as he walked along Brick Lane.
‘The boy was not physically harmed in the incident but it would have been scary for him and those with him. Officers are continuing to provide support to his family.
‘An investigation is ongoing and detectives have been pursuing a number of lines of enquiry, including a comprehensive search of CCTV cameras in the area.
It added: ‘Officers are not aware of any reports of similar incidents in the area, but in order to provide reassurance to the community, there will be an increased high visibility police presence at key times in the coming week, including school drop off and pick up periods.’