RAF Marham attempted kidnap: Police issue new appeal

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Pedestrians and motorists travelling in Marham on Wednesday are being urged to come forward as police continue to investigate the attempted abduction of an RAF serviceman.

Detectives have confirmed initial enquiries have revealed there were a number of people walking on Squires Hill, near to Costcutters, around the times of the incident. A number of vehicles can also be seen travelling in the area and officers are keen to hear from these people.

Lead investigator, Det Supt Paul Durham, from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, said they could hold information vital to the enquiry.

He said: “Early CCTV enquiries suggest the road (Squires Hill) was fairly busy throughout the afternoon with pedestrians and cars. It is these people we are very keen to speak with; they may regularly use the shop and may have seen something out of the ordinary.

“The vehicle used by the suspects, a dark coloured people carrier, remains a key line of enquiry and clearly anyone who saw a vehicle similar to this in that area during the time frame should contact us.

“I would stress to people that no matter how insignificant the information may seem to them, it is crucial we have this to piece together a full picture of the circumstances leading up to the incident.”

Witnesses are urged to call dedicated hotlines set up on either 0800 056 0154 or 0207 158 0011 with any information.

It follows the incident on Wednesday afternoon (20 July) when the victim, a man in his late 20s, was attacked while out on a run between 2.55pm and 3.26pm. The victim, who continues to receive support from his family, police and RAF personnel was approached by two men and grabbed by one. Following a short scuffle he managed to fight off his attacker causing the suspect to fall to the ground. The second suspect came into view at this point and was seen to hold a knife, which has not yet been located. Having seen his accomplice on the floor the second suspect went to his aid and the victim ran to get help, alerting the RAF Marham police.

Suspect 1 is described as between 20 and 30 years old, approximately 6ft tall, of athletic but stocky build, with dark hair which was long on top and had a well-groomed beard. He was of Middle Eastern origin in appearance with a dark skin tone and wore dark casual clothing.

Suspect 2 is described as between 20-30 years old but younger than the first suspect and of a slimmer build. He was approximately 5ft 10, clean shaven with short dark hair. He was also of Middle Eastern origin in appearance and wore a white t-shirt and dark shorts.

Det Supt Paul Durham added: “I would stress this continues to be investigated as an attempted abduction; terrorism as a potential motive cannot be discounted but equally we continue to follow other plausible lines of enquiry.

House-to-house, forensic and CCTV enquiries continue today and local officers are patrolling around RAF Marham to provide reassurance.