A HOAX message appealing for the return of a ‘kidnapped’ six-year-old girl has already reached thousands of people on social media sites.
The poster, the work of Britons Against Left-wing Extremism, claims a girl named Amy Hamilton ‘is believed to have been kidnapped by an Asian grooming gang’.
It continues, describing Amy – whose photograph is actually a painting taken from an artist’s Flickr page – as 6-years-old and last seen in the Croydon area of London wearing a pink top and blue jeans.
However, no child named Amy Hamilton is missing from the London region or anywhere else in the UK.
The group responsible for the hoax is a far-right group who also publish material via a blog called The Daily Bale.
A tweet from their account bragged about the post and how many people had been fooled by it, saying: "An amazing 5000 people shared our Amy Hamilton, Missing poster on Facebook.
“Let’s hope they catch the Asians responsible for taking her."