Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Motorist Charged on Girl's Kidnap; Driver Picked Up 19-Year-Old

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Motorist Charged on Girl's Kidnap; Driver Picked Up 19-Year-Old

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Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter

AN alleged bogus taxi driver has been charged with kidnapping a young woman for the purpose of sex.

Police arrested a 38-year-old man in the early hours yesterday following an incident in Mosley Street, Newcastle.

It is alleged a 19-year-old got into a VW Passat vehicle which pulled up alongside her, thinking it was a cab.

Officers who were at the scene then received information from a taxi driver about the vehicle, which had picked up the woman at around 12.50am.

After concerns for the woman's welfare, officers stopped the car and arrested the driver.

He was taken to Pilgrim Street police station where he was charged with kidnapping with intent to commit a sexual offence.

Det Insp Lee Buzzeo, of Newcastle CID, today renewed calls for women to take extra care when getting into vehicles.

He said: "Women walking home alone after a night out could be vulnerable to predators in vehicles.

"There are ways to protect yourself and reduce the chances of being a victim. …

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