‘Kid­nap­ping’ was mis­un­der­stand­ing, says top de­tec­tive

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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