Top cop praises ‘kidnap’ inquiry

The entrance to Carr Bank park from Bath Lane, scene of an incident on Friday night.

The entrance to Carr Bank park from Bath Lane, scene of an incident on Friday night.

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A top police officer has heaped praise on the community following a response to an alleged kidnapping in Mansfield.

Chief Insp Paul Winter said there had been a ‘great response’ since the incident on Bath Lane on Friday, 3rd October at around 8.15pm.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested shortly after, questioned and charged with kidnap, assaulting a police officer and criminal damage.

It was reported that the woman managed to free herself from an attacker and called for help, although she was left extremely shaken by the ordeal.

The police had put out an appeal, particularly for a have-ago-hero on a bicycle who was passing at the time and tried to intervene.

He was eventually traced, along with others who had been near to Carr Bank Park at the time.

Chief Insp Winter said: “We have had a great response from the community following this incident and I would like to thank them for their help over the last few days.

“An investigation was launched and we had a team of officers working to identify the boy responsible and support the girl and her family.

“We understand that reports such as this cause great concern and we would like to reassure the community that incidents such as these are extremely rare and through our investigations a 17-year-old boy has been charged and put before the court.”

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Mansfield Magistrates where he was told he would be kept on remand at a youth detention until an appearance at Nottingham Crown Court in December.