Teenage girl's kidnap ordeal

A PETRIFIED 15-year-old girl was subjected to a terrifying 30-minute kidnap ordeal after she was abducted in broad daylight as she walked alone through a housing estate.

A PETRIFIED 15-year-old girl was subjected to a terrifying 30-minute kidnap ordeal after she was abducted in broad daylight as she walked alone through a housing estate.

Detectives hunting the kidnapper believe the youngster's shouts of distress may have been the key to her escape and she was last night recovering from a nightmare half-hour car ride through isolated country lanes.

Her screams are thought to have forced the driver to pull over and the young victim managed to escape the car in those crucial seconds. She flagged down another motorist, who drove her to safety.

The abduction, near the Springlands housing estate in Sudbury on Tuesdaymorning, has prompted the town's police to warn people to be on their guard.


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Det-con Gary Scott, of Sudbury CID, said: “It appears the girl was forced into the car after being threatened by the man.

“It is estimated the girl was in the car for around half-an-hour. The girl was very distressed and the car stopped abruptly allowing her to get out and run off. The victim is very traumatised and distressed and is now helping us with our inquiries.”

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It is believed the girl, who comes from the Sudbury area, was not physically harmed during the abduction. She has told police that she did not know the kidnapper, who fled the spot where his victim escaped seconds after she flagged down the other driver.

The incident happened between 10am and 11am when the man drove up to the girl as she walked close to the Essex Avenue/Stanley Wood Avenue junction, close to the large Springlands estate.

He followed her along Stanley Wood Avenue, where it is believed he forced her into the car after making threats. The car then made its way towards Long Melford and then on to isolated roads in the Borley and Foxearth area.

Yesterday, residents living in the road where the abduction took place said they were shocked by the incident.

One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “I am shocked that something like this could happen here - it is a quiet residential street and you just don't expect it. It is very worrying.”

The suspect is in his 20s and was wearing a white baseball cap and blue jeans. His car was a tatty blue hatchback type vehicle.

Det-con Scott stressed: “This appears to be an isolated incident. However, we would urge people to consider their personal safety when out and about. We would tell them not to stop if approached by strangers and attempt to seek help nearby.

“If they have a mobile phone we would advise them to contact an appropriate adult and the police immediately.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Sudbury CID on 01284 774334.

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