Two arrested after man ‘kidnapped’ in south London

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Two men have been arrested on suspicion of kidnap after a man was bundled into a van in south London.

Police were called in the early hours of Monday by a woman who witnessed a man being forced into the back of a van by three men on Keston Road in Thornton Heath.

Soon after, officers received a second call from a woman who reported her husband had been kidnapped.

She said he had phoned her from inside the van and asked her to call the police immediately.

Officers attended the wife’s home address and spoke to her.

They then spoke to the victim while he was inside the van. The man used his phone to track his location and relay it back to officers.

A nearby unit was then able to locate the van, which failed to stop for police.

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A pursuit ensued after the van drove down a dead end, with the two occupants attempting to run away.

Officers Tasered both suspects before arresting them. The third man was not in the vehicle when it stopped.

The victim told police he had been travelling home from work when he was approached by three strangers and demanded he get into the van.

When he refused, they became violent and held a gun to his head before threatening him and forcing him into the back of the van.

Police said that no firearm was discovered.

The victim did not suffer any serious injuries.

Detective Inspector Mel Lillywhite said: “This incident is an example of a true team effort. It is with thanks to the member of the public who heard the commotion, the swift actions of the call handler and operators and of course the officers who pursued the vehicle and detained the suspects.

“The victim also used quick-thinking to track his location on his phone.

“It’s so important that if you see a crime in action, or something that doesn’t sound or look right, call the police immediately. We would not have been able to respond so quickly if it wasn’t for the member of the public doing the right thing.

“We are working to trace the third suspect and I would urge anyone with information to call us as soon as possible.”

The two men remain in custody while enquiries continue.

Anyone who has information is asked to call police on 101 quoting 628/25NOV, tweet @MetCC or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Two arrested after man ‘kidnapped’ on way home from work in south London

News reporter @luciabinding Two men have been arrested on suspicion of kidnap after a man was bundled into a van in south London. Police were called in the early hours of Monday by a woman who witnessed a man being forced into the back of a van by three men on Keston Road in Thornton Heath.

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