The accused taxi driver, 37, from Norwich, allegedly abducted the woman, drove her into a car park and attempted to attack her in the early hours of the morning, police said
An alleged “fake taxi driver” is accused of kidnapping a woman and attempting to attack her in the early hours of the morning, police said.
The 37-year-old motorist is accused of posing as a taxi driver and driving away with the woman trapped in his car in Norwich, Norfolk, according to a police statement.
Police were told he took her into a car park just after 5am on Sunday and attempted to sexually assault her.
The accused driver had pretended to offer a taxi service when he picked up the woman and a man on a residential street near the city center, police said.
But when the male passenger jumped out of the cab to withdraw money for the fare from an ATM, the driver sped away with only the female passenger, Norfolk Police said.
Officers acted quickly and the car was tracked to a parking lot, where the woman was found safely about an hour later.
Norfolk Police confirmed a man has been arrested and charged following the horrific ordeal.
A spokesman for the force said: “Grant McCluskey, 37, of Cedar Road, Norwich, was arrested after the incident and charged with kidnapping, kidnapping with intent to commit a sex offense and administering a substance with intent to overpower her. charged.
“He is due to appear in Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Monday 23 May 2022.”
Police recorded 5,720 kidnapping offenses in England and Wales in 2020-2021, down on the previous year.
Kidnapping incidents bottomed out at 1,390 in 2012-13, but have risen every year since then, according to Statista.
The increase was recorded with an average of around 640 additional incidents per year.
This came in tandem with an increasing trend in overall crime in the UK, with crime hitting an 11-year high of 6.43 million between 2019 and 2020, the data shows.
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