Hereford & Worcester

Three men arrested after woman kidnapped in Bromsgrove

Three men have been arrested after a woman was kidnapped from a Worcestershire town centre.

There was a disturbance involving several men and a woman at locations in Bromsgrove and the woman was driven from the scene, sparking a police hunt.

Two officers were hurt in the incident on Thursday, police said.

The woman was eventually found safe and well in South Wales. Two men were arrested on suspicion of abduction and another on suspicion of kidnap.

Police said the disturbance started at 1415 BST at locations including the Peacocks store in High Street and in Market Place and the Market Street car park.

'Various locations'

The woman was driven from the scene at about 1437 BST.

Several vehicles were damaged, including a police patrol car, and the police officers suffered minor injuries.

Two men from the Worcester area were arrested in Bromsgrove shortly after the incident on suspicion of abduction and they remained in custody at the weekend at a police station in north Worcestershire.

Another man from the Worcester area was arrested on suspicion of kidnap at about 2130 BST on Friday evening after he was located along with the woman at an address in South Wales, they added.

Det Insp Jon Marsden of West Mercia Police said: "The incident in Bromsgrove town centre on Thursday lasted for more than half an hour and involved various locations in and around the High Street.

"Although we have spoken to some witnesses there are likely to be many more people we have not yet spoken to who saw or heard what was going on and we really need them to contact us as soon as possible.

"In particular we want to trace two women seen on CCTV near the bus depot, one of them who was using a mobile phone before she was joined by the other.

"They appeared to be taking a clear interest in what was happening and walked off together afterwards in the direction of the High Street."

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