Four men arrested in Peterborough as part of investigation into alleged abduction at supermarket
Four men have been arrested in Peterborough as part of an alleged abduction at a supermarket in Blackburn, Lancashire.
Police were called shortly after 12.20pm on Friday, March 5th to the Tesco store, Hill Street, Blackburn following reports that a group of men had taken another man into a burgundy Skoda estate car and driven off.
Detectives believe the man, who is captured walking alone, is the person taken against his will.
Lancashire police have also released still images of the man and a second man they want to identify who are pictured walking along Whitebirk Road, Blackburn, just after 12.30 pm on Friday, March 5.
The victim is believed to be the shorter man on the left with the distinctive hair, while the taller man on the right is believed to be the man seen on CCTV prevviously released by Lancashire police running into the Tesco store.
Three men have now been charged in connection with the investigation. Gratas Miktus, 24, Mantas Viktus, 26 and Luksys Liudvitkas, 25, all appeared before magistrates in Blackburn on Tuesday, March 9th charged with kidnap. They were all remanded into custody and will appear at the Crown Court in due course.
Four men were arrested in the Peterborough area on suspicion of kidnap on Tuesday. Three men – aged 32, 33, and 35 – have been released under investigation. A fourth man – aged 32 – currently remains in custody.
Police still want information on the burgundy Skoda estate registration KM11 BUO. Officers believe this may have travelled to the Gloucester Road/Burnley Road area of Blackburn after the incident. It is also believed this car may have been in the East Lancs area for some time, and officers are keen to know where it has been parked over recent weeks.
Lancashire police also want information about the movements of a blue Skoda estate registration LF56 ZDC. They believe this is the car the offenders arrived in before then leaving in the burgundy estate.
Both vehicles were seen in the Audley Range area of Blackburn around midday on March 5 and detectives are keen to speak to anybody who saw them or captured them on CCTV or dashcam around that time.
DCI Derry Crorken, of East CID, said: “Our priority is to find these two men safe and well and while we have our own enquiries ongoing I would appeal to anyone who has seen them or knows who they are to get in touch as a matter of urgency. If either of these two men see this appeal I would also urge them to contact us.
“While we have now charged three people and arrested a further four individuals our enquiries are very much ongoing and I would appeal for anyone with any information to get in touch.
“I am also keen to hear from anyone who has information about either the burgundy or blue Skoda estate cars which we believe were used during this incident. If anyone has any information, however insignificant they feel it may be, I would urge them to call us.
“We remain very concerned and we continue to treat this incident extremely seriously.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting log 0545 of Friday, March 5th
Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.