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Man Arrested Over Christchurch Kidnapping
A man from London, arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and assaulting a man in Christchurch, has been bailed.
Officers believe the victim was targeted, at 7.29pm on Friday (20 February) outside One Stop Community Stores in Hunt Road. The 22-year-old London man was dragged into a silver Vauxhall Astra Life by a number of men who may have been carrying knives.
The vehicle left the scene in the direction of the A35 and is known to have travelled in the Somerford Estate, Christchurch town centre and Druit Road areas.
The victim was located at around 10.30pm in the Christchurch area and is receiving hospital treatment for a number of serious injuries.
The first offender, who was driving the car, is described as black, six feet one inches tall and has two silver teeth at the front. He was wearing a dark blue cap, a black puffer jacket similar to a body warmer, blue jeans and trainers. He had a Jamaican sounding accent.
The second man is described as black, six feet two inches tall, of stocky build, with a rough-looking full beard and was wearing a dark blue hoodie with a black jumper over the top, tracksuit trousers and possibly trainers.
The third man is described as black and was wearing a dark grey jumper, grey trousers and a jacket over his shoulder.
Detective Inspector Stewart Dipple, of Dorset Police, said:
“This was a very serious incident that led to the victim suffering serious injuries, which are thankfully not thought to be life-threatening.
“I would like to reassure residents that offences such as this are very unusual in Dorset. It was an isolated incident and the victim and offenders are known to each other.
“I am appealing for witnesses and anyone with information about this incident or who saw a silver Vauxhall Astra being driven in the Christchurch area yesterday evening to please call me urgently.
“All calls will be treated in strict confidence.”
A 23-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of kidnap and grievous bodily harm with intent. He's been released on police bail until early April pending further enquiries.
Dorset Police are still appealing for witnesses to this alleged incident to call 101 quoting incident number 20:364.
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