Lancashire

Lancaster man charged with woman's 'terrifying' abduction

Dalton Square in Lancaster Image copyright Google
Image caption The woman was abducted on Dalton Square and escaped an hour later in Garstang

A man has been charged with kidnapping a woman who was abducted in a "terrifying ordeal", police said.

The 45-year-old was pulled into a van by a man, police added, who then drove off with her inside from Dalton Square, Lancaster at about 14:00 BST on 5 June.

She escaped about an hour later on Cockerham Road in Garstang, said a Lancashire Constabulary spokesperson.

Darren Hodgson, 50, of Barnacre Close, Lancaster is due to appear at Preston Crown Court on 8 July.

Det Con Ben Heap said: "This must have been a terrifying ordeal for the victim who was... driven around for over an hour before she managed to escape."

Police have appealed for anyone who saw a grey Renault van in the area at the time to contact them.

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