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Two questioned over car kidnap robbery

Rookes Lane, Lymington Credit: ITV Meridian

Two men have been arrested in connection with a robbery in which a woman was kidnapped at gunpoint from outside her home in Hampshire and driven around in her own car before being released.

At about 9.30am on December 14, a man approached a man and a woman outside their home in Rookes Lane, Lymington, and threatened them with a gun.

The man, in his 70s, suffered a minor head injury as he confronted the robber.

The woman, in her 60s, was then forced to go with the robber when he stole the couple's car, a silver/grey Peugeot 207 convertible.

The suspect drove around the Lymington area, making more demands for money.

He returned to the house in Rookes Lane around 15 minutes later with the woman, who was released unharmed, before he drove off again in the car which he then abandoned. A total of £100 in cash was stolen.

A 48-year-old man from Lymington was arrested on suspicion of robbery and aggravated burglary and then released on bail until January 11.

A 44-year-old man from New Milton was arrested on suspicion of robbery and remains in police custody.

New Forest district commander Chief Inspector Tony Rowlinson said: "I would like to thank members of the public for their response to our appeals. Information received over the weekend gave detectives new leads which had to be followed sensitively as well as swiftly."

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