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Reward offered over Keyworth abduction robbery

Scene of Keyworth abduction
Image caption The man was abducted in Wolds Drive, Keyworth

A £10,000 reward is being offered to help catch robbers who abducted a man and forced him to help steal cigarettes from the cash and carry where he works.

The victim was dragged into a car in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire, and driven to neighbouring Lincolnshire, where he was made to open the Grantham shop.

After a large amount of cigarettes were taken he was left unhurt in a field near Redmile in Leicestershire.

The reward is being offered by retailer Booker, which owns the store.

The man was forced into a car in Wolds Drive, Keyworth, on Wednesday evening by two masked men.

After taking him to the cash and carry in Gonerby Hill Foot, they loaded the stolen cigarettes into a Mercedes Sprinter van, which they also used to drive him to the field near Redmile about three hours after he was abducted.

Forensic examinations

Det Ch Insp Tony Heydon, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "This was clearly well planned and I'm certain there are people out there who know who has done this. I hope the reward on offer from Booker encourages those people to come forward with information.

"Inquiries are continuing across Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire and a number of witnesses have come forward and are being interviewed by detectives. We are also reviewing CCTV and continuing forensic examinations and detailed searches at a number of locations."

The victim's car was also stolen by the robbers and police want to hear from anyone who sees a red Vauxhall Vectra abandoned or parked in an unusual location to contact them.

They also want to speak to anyone who saw suspicious activity in Keyworth, at the cash and carry in Grantham or near Redmile in Leicestershire.

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