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Five accused of kidnapping and beating Plymouth man

Plymouth magistrates
Image caption The accused men appeared at Plymouth Magistrates Court

Five men have appeared in court charged with kidnapping a man who was badly beaten before being driven 70 miles away.

The victim, 27, suffered injuries including broken ribs and a suspected broken jaw when he was attacked at his home in Mutley in Plymouth on Sunday.

He was then driven to Cornwall, where he was abandoned in Hayle.

The men appeared at Plymouth Magistrates Court also accused of grievous bodily harm with intent.

They are: Luke Coley, 27, from Chapmans Way, St Austell; Barry Wright, 26, from Dovedale Road, Birmingham; Mark Reeves, 24, also from Dovedale Road; James Prideaux-Hamilton-Bing, 28, from Hendra Prazey, St Austell; and Mark Bird, 27, from Morcom Close in St Austell.

No pleas were entered and the case was transferred to Plymouth Crown Court for a hearing on 3 May.

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