Aron Kato: Police release CCTV showing missing man being attacked

21 May 2019, 15:56 | Updated: 21 May 2019, 17:05

CCTV footage has been released showing Aron Kato, who has been missing for a month, being chased and pushed to the ground by an unidentified man.

The 28-year-old was last seen being pushed into a BMW in Ley Street, Ilford, shortly after 4.30am on 18 April.

Mr Kato, who has a three-month-old son with his partner Chanel Naidoo, has not made contact with his friends or family since.

It comes as his family appealed for help to find him.

"Anyone that knows Aron knows that he is the most bubbly, happy, genuine family man who would do anything to help anyone and he would always go out of his way to make sure we were all looked after," Ms Naidoo said

"He would never let anyone down and was always there for all of us and we will never let him down."

Scotland Yard said officers were very concerned for Mr Kato's welfare, with the search to find him being led by detectives from the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command.

Seven men, aged 25 to 39, who were arrested on suspicion of kidnap have been released under investigation, police said.

Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman said: "Aron had recently become a father and his disappearance is very much out of character."

Mr Norman said Mr Kato, from Newham, east London, was last seen being forced into an as yet unrecovered dark-coloured BMW hatchback with the number plate RF12 0ZA.

Ms Naidoo said that before his disappearance Mr Kato had gone out with his son and niece to go bowling and visit a park as he "loved taking the kids out".

She added: "That evening he left us to go out with his friends, he called me at midnight and told me he loved us and he was going home.

"But the next morning I knew something was wrong when his phone was going to voicemail and he never came home and his family hadn't seen him either.

"We are all so worried and we just want him home."

:: Anyone with any information should call police on 020 8721 4005 or alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.