Two men arrested after 'kidnapping incident' in Manchester

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to kidnap after a man was believed to have been abducted in Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police say their concerns are growing over the welfare of a man allegedly abducted on Swanage Road in Manchester at around 12.30pm on Saturday, 29 August.

The force said in a statement inquiries had established that "two men bundled the victim in to the back of a white Mercedes-Benz Vito van, which has distinctive stickers on the side".

The van has distinctive stickers on the side. Credit: GMP

The van, with a number plate of WP08 VAH, was found abandoned within half an hour of the alleged abduction, police said, but the victim has so far not been found and "officers are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare".

"Two men - aged 44 and 46 - have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to kidnap," GMP said.

"Although we have two men in custody, our investigation is still very much ongoing and the victim's safety is our number one priority," said Detective Sergeant Mark Hodgon of GMP's City of Manchester district.

Any information at all, no matter how insignificant you may feel it is, could prove essential in assisting our investigation. I would like to reassure the public that this is believed to be an isolated incident, with no wider risk to the community. Residents will see increased police patrols in the area as we carry out our enquiries, so please do speak to our officers if you have any concerns.

Detective Sergeant Mark Hodgson, GMP

Can you help?

  • Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 0161 856 6063, quoting incident number 1461 of 29/08/2020.

  • Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.