Four quizzed over attempted abduction

FOUR men were being quizzed by detectives last night after allegedly trying to abduct a woman from her £400,000 Suffolk home.Armed police were called to Knight Road, Rendlesham at 9.

FOUR men were being quizzed by detectives last night after allegedly trying to abduct a woman from her £400,000 Suffolk home.

Armed police were called to Knight Road, Rendlesham at 9.45am yesterday after reports that Nina Palmer, 30, was being attacked.

Four men were arrested soon after by officers who stopped and surrounded a white van in The Street, Eyke.

Police were alerted by builders working on a site near to Mrs Palmer's home. It is understood her partner, Darren Palmer, who is in his mid-30s, had called for the assistance of the workmen.

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Builder Stuart Miller, 46, who witnessed the incident, said: “I saw two men going to the door of the house. The husband was there and he asked me to call the police, which I did.

“When I was walking towards the house I could see two men shouting through the letterbox. I've got no idea what it was about.”

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His colleague Darren Woodward, 40, said Mr Palmer called for help and there appeared to be a dispute over money.

Mr Woodward noted down the registration details of the white van used by the men and passed them to the police.

A 28-year-old man from Haywards Heath, in Sussex, two Brighton men, aged 27 and 38, and a 41-year-old man from Leigh-on-sea, in Essex, were arrested in connection with the incident.

The men, who have all been arrested on suspicion of attempted abduction, were being held at Felixstowe and Woodbridge police stations.

A Suffolk police spokeswoman said: “Police were contacted by a member of the public just after 9.45am yesterday reporting that a white van had pulled up at an address in Rendlesham and the occupants had assaulted a woman. It was mentioned that the offenders may have had a gun.

“Police, including armed officers, were deployed to the area and stopped a vehicle in Eyke.”

She added investigations were continuing to see if any of the men were armed.

An 85-year-old man, who lives in The Street, Eyke, described seeing police flood on the area after stopping the vehicle near to his house.

He said: “I heard the police sirens and looked out the front.

”I saw the police leading these chaps away. I didn't know what was going on but the road was closed and there about eight police cars and dogs. I could hear shouting.”

Mrs Palmer is believed to have escaped without injury from the incident and is currently recovering at home.

She and her husband are understood to have moved into the five-bedroom house about four months ago, having moved from the Southend area.

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