‘Kidnapping’ was misunderstanding, says top detective
A SUSPECTED kidnapping in Ashford turned out to be a false alarm after the ‘victim’ showed up safe and well.
Police asked members of the public for help after reports of an assault in the early hours of Saturday morning near the BP garage in Beaver Road.
A young man was reportedly seen arguing with someone in a car before being dragged into the vehicle and driven away.
Initially, police issued an appeal for help from the public saying they were concerned for the teenager’s welfare.
But he has now come forward after reading media appeals to tell officers it was a misunderstanding between him and his friends.
Police thanked the media and members of the public for their help with the appeal.
Senior investigating officer Det Insp Mark Smith said: “The young man involved in the incident has come forward and confirmed he is safe and well and that the incident was a misunderstanding between him and his friends.
“We are pleased that no one has been hurt. The matter is now not subject to a criminal investigation and can be put to rest.”