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Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to a kidnapping in Reading.

The incident happened between 4.15pm and 4.35pm on Sunday 10 October when a woman was dragged from one vehicle to another outside the COOP store on Whitley Wood Road. She was then driven away and managed to get out of the vehicle outside Sainsbury’s in Shinfield Road.

The woman aged in her forties was uninjured.

A man, aged 37, from Plymouth has been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and released on bail until 7 November.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Benjamin Rimmer based at Reading police station, said: “I realise this will be a distressing incident for people in the local area.

“We believe this was an isolated incident and there is no wider risk to the public.

“To help with the investigation we would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area around this time.

“We would also like to speak to anyone who either witnessed or has dash-cam footage in which a car was driving dangerously or had the passenger door open.

“If you have any information which you think could help with this investigation, please contact the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number 101 or make a report online using the reference number 43210456937.

“You can also make a report 100% anonymously by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”


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