Three men, who are now known to be defendants Gratas Mitkus (centre), Mantas Vitkus (right) and Liudvitkas Luksys (left), detained the victim and took him back to his Skoda, before driving off. The man the victim was with ran into the store and raised the alarm.
CCTV enquiries found the Skoda was seen to leave along Burnley Road and then turn into Gloucester Road. It is believed the victim was at an address in that road with the defendants for around 20 minutes.
In the boot of one of the defendants’ vehicles, officers found a pair of work gloves, some thick adhesive tape, a crow-bar and a new role of black bin-liners. A knife-sharpening iron was recovered from the side of the driver’s seat.
A considerable amount of work, including witness appeals, was put into locating the victim. Thankfully, he came forward to say that he was safe and well.
DC Hazel Richardson, of East CID, said: “These three defendants took a man against his will in broad daylight and their behaviour left all who saw it shocked and concerned for the victim’s welfare. I am sure they will all be relieved to know the victim is now safe and well.
“This was an extremely complex investigation, involving colleagues from a number of departments. I would like to thank my colleagues, including officers from West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester Police, for their diligent work in ensuring these defendants were quickly identified, arrested and brought before the court. I would also like to thank the public for their ongoing support.”