County news: Attempted kidnap in broad daylight

Police crime news.
Police crime news.

Detectives are seeking witnesses to an attempt to kidnap a man in a Sussex street.

The 24-year-old local man was standing in Pelham Street, Hastings, at about 12.15pm on Monday February 1 when a black Vauxhall Astra pulled up beside him.

A white man got out of the car and tried to force the man into the vehicle.

However the intended victim was able to escape and call the police, and the car drove off.

Although the incident happened last week, Sussex Police have only just released details about the kidnap bid.

Detective Constable Chris Milner said: “We are looking for anyone who witnessed this incident to come forward.

“Luckily the victim was able to escape from his attacker and avoid a more serious incident.

“If you can help please contact us via or call 101, quoting serial 634 of 01/02.”

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (

Two St Leonards men, aged 25 and 24, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted kidnap.

The pair have been interviewed by police and released on bail until April 4 while enquiries continue.

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