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Kidnapped man found safe and well

Tony Kurt (pictured on left) has been found safe and well Credit: Sussex Police

Detectives have traced a man who was kidnapped off the street in Brighton.

Tony Kurt has contacted officers after seeing the force's video appeals in English and Albanian for him to come forward.

The 19-year-old is safe and well and is now being interviewed about his ordeal.

"We're delighted to have made contact with Mr Kurt and are now speaking to him about what happened. He contacted the Metropolitan Police and has been brought to Sussex so we can speak to him. I'd like to thank the media and the public for all their help in identifying and tracing him. The investigation is continuing to move rapidly and we are making good progress but we are still trying to find anyone who may have seen or has knowledge of the kidnapping or the Vauxhall Astra being driven in Brighton after the victim was attacked. If you know anything at all about what happened, please contact us."

– Temporary Detective Superintendent Jason Taylor

The fourth man was arrested yesterday in connection with the kidnap.

Redon Sadria, 19, of New Steine, Brighton, has now been charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and money-laundering. He was remanded in custody to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

Just before 6pm on Sunday the victim was bundled into a Vauxhall Astra with the registration number HN05 FPY in Princes Terrace, Brighton, after he got out of a taxi in the road.

The Vauxhall involved in the kidnapping was found parked in Benett Avenue, Hove, on Thursday afternoon (16 April). It is currently being forensically examined but officers are still trying to trace exactly where it has been since Sunday evening.

Officers are continuing to piece together information about the attack and are carrying out inquiries across the county.

CCTV in Queens Square, Brighton, shows the victim with another man close to the taxi rank in the road shortly after 5.30pm on Sunday 12 April.

The victim is the man with the beard and sunglasses in the CCTV, which can be viewed at The second man may have seen the kidnapping happen. He is encouraged to come forward to speak to police as soon as possible.

Gazmend Mula, 29, of Temple Street, Brighton, has been charged with conspiracy to kidnap and possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.

Ilir Hasa, 23, of Denmark Villas, Hove, has been charged with conspiracy to kidnap and possession of an offensive weapon.

Both appeared at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Saturday (18 April) and were remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 7 May.

Officers are still looking for at least two other men in connection with the kidnapping.

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Dozens of body bags have been placed on Brighton Beach Credit: ITV Meridian

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EU Leaders, including the Prime Minister, will discuss the issue at an emergency summit in Brussels tomorrow.


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Thieves took jewellery and money after ransacking the family home in Brighton. They also found the keys to Paula Palmer's car that was parked outside - and used it to escape.

Police believe criminals targetted the property, knowing she was in mourning. Andy Dickenson reports.


Men questioned over kidnap of man in Brighton

Three men were questioned today over the kidnap of a man who was bundled into a car during a terrifying incident in a seaside town at the weekend.

Detectives detained the three on suspicion of conspiracy to kidnap after a man was ambushed as he got out of a taxi and forced into another car in the centre of Brighton, East Sussex on Sunday. A hunt was still underway to find the victim and the car used.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said that officers believed the man got out of a taxi before being put into another vehicle, a silver Vauxhall Astra, just before 6pm in Princes Terrace, Brighton. He was then driven away.

"A 23-year-old man, a 29-year-old man and a man aged 34 years, all from Brighton, are currently in custody," said the spokesman.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Rymarz said: "There has been a dedicated team working 24 hours a day since the incident took place to try to establish the whereabouts and well-being of the victim in this matter.

"We still need to trace the victim and the vehicle used in connection with this incident. The vehicle is a silver Vauxhall Astra with a registration number of HN05 FPY and we are keen to speak to driver of a white van who witnessed the incident in Princes Terrace and who spoke with other witnesses at the time."

Anyone with any information was asked to call police on 101 quoting Operation Wave or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police look for witnesses to violent attack on Brighton street

Police are seeking witnesses to a violent street attack on a man in Brighton. The incident began at about 3.30 am on Saturday (11 April) in Shoosh Nightclub, Kings Road Arches, Brighton, when a fight between two groups of men took place on the dance floor.

The fight broke up and about 15 minutes later both groups left Shoosh and made their way to the southern end of East Street near to Platinum Lace. There was then a further altercation between them during which several men were injured.

One man, an 18-year old from South-East London, sustained a broken jaw for which he was treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and later discharged.

A 31-year old man from Saltdean was arrested later the same day and after being interviewed was bailed until 24 May while enquiries continue.

Detective Constable Steve Amner said; "We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the fight in Shoosh and/or the fight which took place in East Street shortly afterwards. Please contact us via or call us on 101, quoting serial 188 of 11/4. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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Police fear it's lead to an increase in crime and are now turning to technology to help - with a nightclub in Sussex using of a breathayser to make sure its patrons are not too drunk.

Andy Dickenson's report contains flashing images from the start.

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