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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 October, 2003, 06:48 GMT 07:48 UK
Appeal over 1990 child abduction
Shanike Ondaatjie with Ames Glover
Shanike Ondaatjie has not seen her son since 1990
Police are offering 10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the abductors of a five-month-old baby boy more than 13 years ago.

Ames Glover was snatched from a locked blue Ford Sierra in South Road, Southall in west London, on 5 February 1990, while his father Paul withdrew money and picked up a curry.

On discovering his son missing, Mr Glover went into an estate agent's office and alerted police.

Ames had been dressed in a blue and yellow coat, light green romper suit, with blue and yellow hat and blue bootees.

Extensive inquiries at the time proved fruitless and the case was reviewed in 2002.

In June last year, DCC4, formally the racial and violent crimes task force, took over the investigation and has followed up various leads, Scotland Yard said.

What should have been a truly precious period in her life, watching her son growing up, taking his first steps, cutting his first teeth, speaking his first words have all been taken away from her
Det Supt Gordon Briggs
On Tuesday, which would have been Ames' 14th birthday, his mother Shanike Ondaatjie said: "It's not been easy these last 13 years.

"I need to know what happened to Ames and I know someone has that nugget of information that would help the police, I would ask them to come forward.

"I don't care if it's good or bad, I just need to know.

"Sometimes I see young boys in the street and can't help but wonder if one of them is Ames, he would be 14 now and I have lived in the hope that one day I will find out where he is or what became of him."

Police considered constructing an image of what Ames might look like now, but a forensic artist told police that at five-months-old, Ames' bone structure had not developed enough to project what his face would be like now.

Detective Superintendent Gordon Briggs said: "What should have been a truly precious period in her [Shanike Ondaatjie's] life, watching her son growing up, taking his first steps, cutting his first teeth, speaking his first words, have all been taken away from her."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 0208 284 8561 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

BBC London's David Bromfield
"This scrapbook documents 13 years of heartache."

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