Police hunt men who threatened serviceman with knife at RAF Marham

Police are hunting two men after a serviceman was threatened with a knife near an RAF base in Norfolk.

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RAF Marham serviceman head-butted and punched attacker in self defence

Police appealing for witnesses in relation to the RAF Marham attempted abduction say one of the suspects may have a visible facial injury Credit: ITV News Anglia

Detectives have said it is possible one of the suspects involved in the attempted abduction of an RAF serviceman suffered a visible facial injury.

It comes as police follow-up a number of calls and CCTV enquiries into the incident which happened at RAF Marham on Wednesday July 20.

Two men, described as Middle Eastern in appearance, were seen to be involved in the incident; however police have said more people could have been inside the vehicle.

The main suspect, who grabbed the serviceman while he was out jogging, and attempted to pull him into a dark coloured people carrier, is thought to have suffered an injury during the incident after being challenged by the victim.

They were involved in a scuffle during which the victim, aged in his late 20s, head-butted his attacker before punching him, causing the suspect to fall to the floor. It was at this point the second suspect, who was armed with a knife, appeared and went to the aid of his accomplice allowing the victim to run away and get help.

The victim managed to fight off his attacker and head-butted him, we believe around the eye-socket, so it is possible he suffered swelling and bruising in this area. He was then punched which caused him to fall to the ground. Clearly the extent of his injuries is unknown however we do not believe either attack caused the suspect to bleed, contrary to reports circulating in the media.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Durham, from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team

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Police make appeal to hear from Marham witnesses

Police want to hear from anyone who was near Squires Hill on Wednesday. Credit: Norfolk Police

Police investigating the attempted abduction of a serviceman at RAF Marham have appealed for anyone who was in the area on the day of the incident to come forward.

The victim, who's in his 20s, was approached by two men "of middle Eastern appearance" while he was out jogging on Wednesday afternoon.

He was then threatened with a knife before the men got away in a car.

A number of pedestrians were seen walking on Squires Hill, near to Costcutters, at the time of the attack and officers are particularly keen to hear from them because they may have vital information.

They also want to talk to any motorists who travelled through the village on Wednesday.

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.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Durham

Police are urging anyone with information to call 0800 056 0154 or 0207 158 0011.

Terrorism expert: 'British soldiers are natural targets'

A security expert says that British soldiers are 'natural targets' for terrorists after an attempted abduction at RAF Marham earlier this week.

The victim, who's in his 20s, was approached by two men "of middle Eastern appearance" on Wednesday afternoon.

Police have been quick to point out that they don't yet know the motive for the attack and there is no evidence yet that it was terrorism-related.

However, Chris Phillips admits security needs to be tight at bases up and down the country.

Soldiers are naturally a target for ISIS, simply because they see them as the natural enemy - albeit they want to see mass casualty attacks as well.

This is one option for terrorists and one option that we have to face.

– Chris Phillips, security expert

Police set up hotline following Marham abduction attempt

Police have set up a dedicated hotline. Credit: PA

Police in Norfolk have set up a dedicated hotline for anyone who might have any information about an attempted abduction at RAF Marham yesterday.

A serviceman was threatened with a knife by two men of "Middle Eastern appearance" while he was out jogging.

Officers say that a 'military-type knife' was used in the attack.

The men got away in a dark coloured people carrier and police are keen to find it as soon as possible.

Tracing the vehicle is a priority for the investigation and I would urge anyone who may have seen a dark coloured people carrier in the King’s Lynn area, in particular around Marham, yesterday afternoon to contact police on the dedicated hotlines.

While the victim was unhurt he is naturally shaken by yesterday’s incident and continues to receive support from his family, the police and personnel at RAF Marham.

There is no evidence at this stage to suggest terrorism as a motive; we cannot discount it but equally there are other plausible lines of enquiry to follow.

CCTV is an area of investigation and we are also following up several sightings of the vehicle described in the West Norfolk area.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Durham

Police are urging anyone with information to call 0800 056 0154 or 0207 158 0011.

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Weapon used in RAF Marham incident was a 'military-type knife'

At a press conference this afternoon, police have confirmed the weapon used in what they believe to be an attempted abduction at RAF Marham yesterday was a 'military-type knife.'

It had a 3in handle and a blade that was between 2.5 and 3inches long.

The Norfolk and Suffolk major crime unit are dealing with the incident, which they say has left the serving RAF personnel "shaken up."

The victim, who's in his 20s and is married, was out jogging on one of his regular running routes, when he was approached by two men who threatened him with a knife.

Police confirmed that one of the suspects shouted at the serviceman, before placing a hand on the victim's shoulder and forcefully pulling him with a degree of force down to the vehicle.

The victim managed to break free and run off.

He didn't hear what was shouted at him because he had headphones on during the attack.

The victim managed to break free, he fought free from the attacker, and left him on the floor. There was physical contact.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Durham

Police say they have no reason to think the attackers wouldn't still be in the area.

They are currently looking for the car driven by one of the attackers.

It's difficult to envisage a situation where there wasn't an element of pre- planning. That that is speculation.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Durham

Norfolk MP Liz Truss gives response to Marham incident

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss says she is concerned about the incident at Marham and is trying to get an update on what has taken place. Credit: PA

South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss says she is concerned about the incident at Marham, when a serviceman was threatened with a knife by two men while he was out jogging near the base.

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice says she's trying to get an update on what has taken place.

Police have refused to rule out terrorism as the motive.

I know the investigation is ongoing and I am concerned when any member of the public or our service personnel are threatened in this manner.

I am in contact with both the Station Commander at Marham and Norfolk Constabulary to get an update on what has taken place.

– Elizabeth Truss, MP for South West Norfolk

Norfolk MP: 'Marham abduction attempt shouldn't scare us'

Henry Bellingham is glad today's family event at RAF Marham is still going ahead. Credit: PA

North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham says he's glad people are getting on with their everyday lives following an attempted abduction at RAF Marham yesterday.

A serviceman was threatened with a knife by two men while he was out jogging near the base.

Police have refused to rule out terrorism as the motive.

A family day at the base is still going ahead as planned despite yesterday's events.

Whilst it is still too early to draw any specific conclusions, our local Police are very well equipped to work alongside the RAF Police to fully investigate this deeply unpleasant and cowardly incident.

At a time of ever increasing threats from Islamic terrorists around the world we all need to be on sensible alert, but on no account should we allow incidents like this to detract from our normal way of life - that is why I am delighted that the RAF Marham Family Day will go ahead.

– Henry Bellingham MP

Police 'unable to discount terrorism' as Marham motive

Police aren't ruling out terrorism as a possible motive. Credit: PA

Norfolk Police say they're currently "unable to discount terrorism" as a motive for the attempted abduction of a serviceman at RAF Marham.

The serviceman was threatened with a knife by two men of "Middle Eastern appearance" yesterday while he was out jogging.

I can confirm we are treating this as an attempted abduction and detailed enquiries are being carried out at the scene to establish the full circumstances.

The motivation for the attack remains unclear at this time, and whilst we are currently unable to discount terrorism, there are a number of other possible hypotheses. We are therefore carrying out a thorough investigation to understand what has happened, why and who is responsible.

Visible patrols continue in the area and officers will be carrying out house-to-house enquiries and detailed searches of the scene in Squires Hill, which remains closed for the time being.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Durham,
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