The story is told from the boy's point of view, so the technicalities of the police side are not hugely important, but I'm trying to get a realistic idea of how the rescue would unfold. A few particular things I'm trying to clarify:
1. There are no firearms involved, but the abductors are armed with bladed weapons and known to be dangerous: would the police send an armed response unit to tackle them?
2. Given that they believe it's an attempted murder in progress, will the police just burst in rather than attempt to announce themselves or negotiate first? I'm assuming so, but please correct me if I'm wrong.
3. The boy is rescued, apparently unhurt, though he's been given an unknown drug. I'm assuming he'll be checked out by paramedics on-scene and then taken to hospital for a more thorough assessment. It's about 10 o'clock at night by now: would the hospital be likely to keep him in overnight or send him home after a few hours? (The drug is supernatural in origin and has left no trace in his system, and he shows no symptoms now though he was hallucinating earlier.)
4. How soon will the police attempt to get a statement out of him? Would they do it at the hospital that same night if he's up to it? As a 16-year-old, does he need to have a parent/guardian present?
Any help with these details or other info on how this kind of operation would go down would be fantastically useful. I've Googled "UK police" and "UK police procedure" combined with things like "armed response criteria", "enter premises imminent danger", "kidnap victim", "witness statements victims of crime", "witness statements children" and similar.
Thanks for any help you can give!