Witness appeal following reported kidnap incident in Bournemouth

Alert message sent 14/07/2021 16:41:00

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Detectives investigating a reported kidnap incident in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

It was reported that at around 9.15pm on Monday 12 July 2021 the victim – a local man aged in his 30s – was walking along Walpole Road in Boscombe with his girlfriend when a red car approached them and two men got out.

The men were reported to be known to the victim. One of them was reported to be holding a screwdriver and the other was later allegedly seen in possession of a knife.

The victim was reportedly pushed and forced into the car, then taken to the cashpoint at the Esso petrol station on Palmerston Road, but when they arrived he was able to get out of the vehicle and escape.

Following enquiries, a red Vauxhall Corsa was located in St Clement’s Road and a 45-year-old Bournemouth man was arrested on suspicion of kidnap, robbery and failing to provide a specimen for analysis and a 39-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of kidnap.

They have both been released on police bail as detectives continue to make enquiries.

Detective Constable Neil Causebrook, of Bournemouth CID, said: “We are carrying out a full investigation into this incident and have carried out a number of enquiries.

“I am appealing for anyone who was in the area of Walpole Road around the time of the incident and witnessed what happened or any suspicious activity to please contact us.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who was driving in the area and made have captured anything of relevance on dashcam.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55210111348. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call freephone 0800 555 111.
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