Witness appeal following reported assault and kidnap incident in Swanage

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Detectives investigating an alleged assault and kidnap incident in Swanage are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward - with three people arrested.

It is reported that between 10.25pm and 10.40pm on Friday 14 January 2022 a man was approached by three men outside the White Horse pub on High Street.

The men – who are believed to be known to the victim – allegedly forced the victim into a car that was parked outside the Curiosity Shop and drove him to an address in the town. 

The victim fled the scene and the incident was reported to Dorset Police at around 11.10pm later that evening.

During the incident, it is reported that the victim was assaulted. He sustained injuries that are not believed to be serious.

Following enquiries, two men from Swanage, aged 35 and 42, and a 47-year-old man from Pembrokeshire in Wales, were arrested on suspicion of kidnap. The two men from Swanage have also been arrested on suspicion of assault. All three have been released on police bail while enquiries continue.

Detective Constable Charlie Soutine, of Weymouth CID, said: “A full investigation is underway into this incident and we are supporting the victim as we make our enquiries.

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area and may have witnessed what happened or any suspicious activity to please come forward.

“I am particularly keen to hear from a woman who reportedly approached the men during the incident as she may have important information to assist my enquiries.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who was driving in the area and may 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 55220007291. 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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