A desperate search is underway after a boy in pyjamas was spotted wandering the streets alone last night.
The child, who is thought to be as young as eight, was spotted by himself in New Waltham, North East Lincolnshire around midnight last night.
Officers have been conducting extensive enquiries throughout the night, Grimsby Live reported.
The boy was wearing dark coloured pyjamas and slippers.
He was spotted standing in the road by himself on the CCTV cameras of a house.
According to Humberside Police the boy is not thought to have come to any harm.
They have confirmed that no child that age has been reported missing.
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Witness Jason saw the child out of his window.
"It was just so strange and it happened so quickly. I was in the lounge and saw him going past the window," he said.
"There was obviously something not right he’s in his PJs at that time.
"I shouted to him out the window but he was already going around the corner of the house.
"By the time I’d shouted to the wife and gone out the door he was gone.
"As I said to the officers, he was only small, around 8 or 10 years old."
A Marine and Underwater Search Unit has arrived at a pond close to where he was spotted.
Officers have been seen entering the deep water to search it, but they did not find anything.
One resident said that the search had been going on all night, with what sounded like a helicopter circling overhead.?
Another said: "You just worry with it being so cold, poor thing."
Police officers are stopping people driving into and leaving the area after an helicopter search was launched last night.
They are also going door-to-door in the hope of tracking down the boy.
A resident said: "My neighbour had a knock on the door at about 3am from the police.
"Just really hope they're alright with the weather being the way it is."
An elderly couple who live nearby said: “Bless him, hope he’s alright being out it’s been cold recently.
"Let’s just hope he’s made it home somewhere and is safe whatever has gone on.”
Detective Inspector Kerry Bull said: “I would like to reiterate that whilst our search remains ongoing, and we understand and take seriously the level of concern of this report, we still do not believe or have any evidence to suggest the child has come to any harm.
“I can confirm that we have not received a missing person report, and this investigation is still being treated as a concern for safety.
“Whilst we don’t like to speculate, it is possible that the child has left a property to go to a friend’s and returned without waking anyone in the house, or has left in their sleep and doesn’t remember this, again being in bed when they’ve woken up.
“This of course is not a criminal offence and we would urge any parent who suspects that this may have been their child to make contact with us in order to?bring this matter to a conclusion.
“I would ask everyone to remain vigilant, cooperate with our officers if they engage with you and contact us on 101 quoting log 16 of 13 November if you have any information, no matter how small, that could assist with our enquiries.”