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South Woodford: Two men charged after ‘brazen’ kidnapping in front of ‘shocked’ witnesses

Two men have been charged after a man was

allegedly beaten and dragged into a vehicle in a “brazen” kidnapping,
police have said.

A number of “shocked” witnesses saw two men get
out of a grey Ford transit van and punch a man a number of times before
dragging him into the back of the vehicle “in broad daylight” and
driving away.

A third suspect was also inside the van during the attack in South
Woodford in north London on Sunday afternoon, the Metropolitan Police
said.

A black BMW, whose driver had been speaking with the victim moments
before the van arrived, followed closely behind the Ford as it left the
scene on Queen Mary Avenue, E18.

Officers, who were called at around 3pm to reports a man had been kidnapped, traced the van to nearby Chigwell.

The vehicle was stopped in Brooks Parade, where three men ran away.

Two men – aged in their 20s – were arrested nearby and were later charged.

The victim – aged in his 30s – was recovered from the back of the van and taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Police have asked the public for help in tracing the third suspect in the van, as well as the driver of the BMW.

Detective
Sergeant Sajid Asghar, from the Met’s East Area Command Unit, said:
“This was a brazen act on the part of the suspects; carried out in broad
daylight while a number of shocked witnesses looked on.

“Thankfully
officers responded swiftly to get the victim to safety, and we are now
appealing to the public to help us apprehend and bring to justice the
dangerous individuals responsible.”

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