Seven people arrested on suspicion of kidnap following incident in Eastbourne

Police have arrested seven people on suspicion of kidnap after a man was seen to be forced into a car in Eastbourne on Friday afternoon (November, 29).

Officers said the victim was seen to be forced into a Vauxhall Corsa in the Hyde Gardens area of Eastbourne around 3.30pm.

He was then seen to escape from the black vehicle and through the Lushington Lane area, according to the force, but has not been located since or identified.

Officers made seven arrests and seized two vehicles in connection with the incident, the second vehicle being a white BMW car seen nearby.

Four men, aged 20, 22, 25 and 43, along with three women, two aged 21 and one aged 43, were all arrested on suspicion of kidnap and remain in custody at this time.

DS Tod Stewart said:

“There is no threat to the wider public and we believe those involved are all known to each other.

“We are keen to hear from any witnesses to the incident and any information as to who the victim is.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting reference number 922 of 29/11.

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