Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Brother's Fears over Kidnap Negotiations

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Brother's Fears over Kidnap Negotiations

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A teesside building businessman has told of the moment he answered his phone to a mystery voice telling him, "I've got your brother".

Jonathan Pattison, 37, heard a Geordie voice say words to the effect of, "You've got to do what we tell you," on March 8 last year, a court heard.

His 46-year-old brother, labourer Tony Pattison, was snatched at gunpoint and held captive for about 30 hours until a pounds 25,000 ransom was delivered, a jury has heard.

Jonathan Pattison told yesterday of his fears for his brother during the negotiations with the alleged abductors.

"He sounded really stressed and distressed. He just didn't sound like my brother," he said. "I didn't know what to do."

He said he decided not to hand over the ransom, told the kidnappers "where to go in no uncertain words", and walked into Hartlepool police station.

In phone conversations recorded by police, Tony Pattison was heard saying, "They want it sorting, sharpish," and, "They want a chunk of money at 2. …

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