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Police investigate attempted kidnap in St Leonards-on-Sea

Alert message sent 23/10/2019 09:35:00

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While walking to a restaurant in London Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, shortly before 6pm on Monday (21 October) a 36-year-old man was accosted by another man who made an indecent suggestion and then tried to force him into a nearby dark-coloured stationary van with a sliding side door.
The victim managed to break free and ran away along Western Road towards Warrior Square railway station, then going via nearby side streets  to return to London Road. He then got a taxi to return home.
Detective Inspector Jon Gillings, of Hastings investigations, said: "This appears to have been a isolated attack, but we are currently treating it as an attempted kidnap.  The suspect is described as white, 5'8", clean shaven with dark eyes and an East European accent. He was wearing a black baseball cap and appeared to have shaven hair on the side of his head.
"We are keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened, who noticed a dark van acting suspiciously or being driven at speed, or indeed anybody who may have other information about this incident.”
Anyone able to help is urged to contact Sussex Police by phoning 101, quoting serial 1122 of 21/10.
Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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