Norfolk

RAF Marham: Police seek witnesses over serviceman kidnap attempt

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Image caption Police want to talk to people who were near a Costcutters in Squires Hill at the time of the incident

Police investigating the attempted abduction of a serviceman near an RAF station want to talk to people walking or driving near a supermarket at the time of the incident.

The serviceman was threatened with a knife near RAF Marham on Wednesday between 14:55 and 15:26 BST.

Police want to talk to anyone who was near the Costcutters in Squires Hill at the time of the incident.

Norfolk Police said it was "unable to discount terrorism" as a motive.

The serviceman was threatened with a knife and attempts were made to grab him but the victim, who was not in uniform, fought them off and escaped unharmed.

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Image caption Soldiers patrolled the exterior of RAF Marham following the abduction attempt

Det Supt Paul Durham said: "Early CCTV inquiries suggest the road was fairly busy throughout the afternoon with pedestrians and cars.

"It is these people we are very keen to speak with; they may regularly use the shop and may have seen something out of the ordinary.

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"The vehicle used by the suspects, a dark coloured people carrier, remains a key line of enquiry and clearly anyone who saw a vehicle similar to this in that area during the time frame should contact us."

He said "no matter how insignificant the information may seem" it could prove "crucial" to the investigation.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed RAF Marham was home to some of the Tornado bombers that have recently taken part in air strikes against so called Islamic State.

Police have issued descriptions of the two suspects involved.

One is described as between 20 and 30 years old, approximately 6ft (1.81m) tall, of athletic but stocky build, with long dark hair and a well-groomed beard. He was of Middle Eastern appearance with dark skin and wore dark casual clothing.

The other is said to be around the same age but younger than the first suspect and of a slimmer build, 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall, and clean shaven with short dark hair. He was also of Middle Eastern appearance and wore a white T-shirt and dark shorts.

Image caption Norfolk Police are leading the investigation

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