Police unable to discount terror as motive for serviceman attempted abduction

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Police have confirmed they are unable to discount terror as a motive for an attempted abduction of an RAF Service man who has been left shaken.

Detectives investigating the attempted abduction at RAF Marham have set up a dedicated hotline for anyone who has information.

Police are urging members of the public to call 0800 056 0154 or 0207 158 0011particularly if they saw a dark coloured people carrier in the King’s Lynn area yesterday afternoon.

Enquiries have so far revealed the victim, an RAF serviceman, was out on a run between 2.55pm and 3.26pm when he was approached by two men and grabbed by one.

The first suspect apparently shouted at him before grabbing his shoulder and wrist and pulling him with a degree of force into the road. The victim fought off his attacker and following a short scuffle the suspect fell to the ground.

The second suspect came into view at this point and was seen to hold a knife, described as having a 3inch black blade and 3inch black handle, which has not been located yet. 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.

The suspects fled the scene in a dark coloured people carrier and have not been located at this time.

Detective Superintendent Paul Durham, from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, said: “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.”