Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Lymington gun kidnap police arrest two men

Rookes Lane
Image caption The woman was taken from her home in Lymington and made to drive around the town

Two men have been arrested after a woman was kidnapped at gunpoint.

The kidnap happened after a man, wearing swimming goggles, threatened a couple at their Lymington home.

He stole their car and forced the woman to go with him as he drove around the Hampshire town on Friday demanding money. She was later returned.

Two men, aged 48 and 44, were arrested. Police have linked the attack to an armed kidnapping at Brockenhurst railway station on 5 December.

A 48-year-old man, from Lymington, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and aggravated burglary and bailed on Sunday night.

A 44-year-old man, from New Milton, was held on suspicion of robbery and remains in custody.

Car abandoned

Officers earlier said they were following up new leads over the Lymington incident, where the couple were targeted at their home in Rookes Lane.

Ch Insp Tony Rowlinson said information had come from 36 people.

The woman was not injured but her husband, in his 70s, received a minor head injury during an altercation with the suspect inside the house, where the robber stole about £100.

The woman was driven erratically around the town in a silver/grey Peugeot 207 convertible before she was returned after about 15 minutes.

The car was later found abandoned at the end of Newenham Road.

In the incident at Brockenhurst railway station, a man was forced into his Porsche 911 Carrera at gunpoint and made to drive to the town's HSBC bank where he was made to withdraw a large quantity of money.

Speaking about the Lymington robbery, Ch Insp Rowlinson added: "Information received over the weekend gave detectives new leads, which had to be followed sensitively as well as swiftly.

"We continue to follow up many lines of enquiry in connection with this investigation and remain open minded."

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