Man caught on CCTV ‘encouraging young boy to take parcels left outside homes’

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A man has been caught on camera allegedly encouraging a young child to steal parcels from outside neighbours' homes along a residential street.

Shocking CCTV footage allegedly shows a man instructing a young boy to grab packages from outside residents' houses along a road in Hounslow, London, yesterday.

The pair, wearing Santa hats, can be seen walking along the suburban street together at around 2pm.

The adult then appears to point to a house and allegedly gestures for the young boy to grab a nearby parcel.

The child appears to obey the man and scurries off to the front door to grab a small brown box.

Footage has been shared
(Image: Jam Press)

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In a separate video, the man is accused of doing the same thing again before the young boy returns with a red package at around 3.30pm.

Another young boy can be seen walking with the pair as well.

The videos were shared on social media and have collectively gained over 66,000 views so far, leaving users in shock at the peculiar footage.

A man walks along with a child
(Image: Jam Press)

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The relationship of the man to the boys is unknown.

One person commented: "Nahhh bad minded parenting." [sic]

Someone else added: "Some parents just don't deserve to have kids."

The pair can be seen walking along the suburban street together
(Image: Jam Press)

Another person wrote: "I mean who even teaches their children's like that."

Metropolitan Police told the Mirror Online: "Police were contacted at around 13:56hrs on Wednesday, 13 January to reports of a parcel theft from an address in Cambridge Road, Hounslow.

"There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue."

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