The 12-year-old child had a blanket thrown over his head when he was kidnapped after months of “care”.

Ava Jones, 28, and Trevor Carr, 40, drove the 12-year-old 120 miles from a Wigan North train station to a north Wales campsite – both pleaded guilty and were jailed for more than two years

The child was driven from a train station in Wigan North to a Wakes campsite
The child was driven from a train station in Wigan North to a Wakes campsite

A child was abducted by two people who threw a blanket over their heads and told them to turn off their phones so they would not be followed.

Ava Jones, 28, and Trevor Carr, 40, drove the 12-year-old, who was then wearing a school uniform, 120 miles from a Wigan North train station to a campsite in North Wales.

The police rang while they were in the car and the child screamed before Jones put a hand over her mouth.

Jones told police her name is David Jones and that she is camped in Ireland. This is reported by the Manchester Evening News.

Detectives traced Jones’ phone to Fferm Cedris Farm Campsite in Abergynolwyn, North Wales.

Jones had pitched a tent and was sleeping in it with the child in separate sleeping bags.

Jones and Carr both pleaded guilty to kidnapping and were each imprisoned for more than two years.

Ava Jones pleaded guilty and was jailed for two years and two months



Trevor Carr pleaded guilty and was imprisoned for two years



The child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, began speaking to Jones in September last year, prosecutor Matthew Curtis told Bolton Crown Court.

Their early conversations revolved mostly around anime — Japanese animation — and they also discussed gender identity, the court heard.

The child’s grandmother had discovered the conversations with Jones and told her to stop. She also warned Jones that what she was doing was “nurturing” and threatened legal action.

When the victim did not return home from school on October 4, the mother reported her child missing.

She also found a note in the children’s room mentioning a gray Ford Focus Estate and the Wigan North Western train station.

Jones told police “there is another gentleman involved too” and they found Carr asleep in his car at a campsite near Minffordd.

During the police interview, Jones attempted to blame Carr, claiming to be afraid of him and saying that they had previously been in a relationship.

The child was found 120 miles away


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Jones admitted to speaking with the victim for two months. She said the child’s grandmother knew they were in touch and claimed she and the victim’s mother agreed to the trip.

She said the child wanted to flee to Wales and claimed she was unaware she was breaking the law and knew the child’s age when she saw a piece of sports equipment in the tent.

Carr stated he did not plan to abduct the child and said he had no contact with the victim until they met in his car. He said it was Jones who asked him to drive to Wigan from Wales to collect the child.

Jones and Carr of Bootle both pleaded guilty to kidnapping as the offense was not sexually motivated.

The court heard the child had not reported sexualized conversations or indicated that sexualized photos were shared.

In a statement from a victim, the child said: “My anxiety has gotten much worse. I’ve lost a lot of friends.”

The child also said they “cry for hours” thinking about the incident and have since hurt themselves.

The victim’s mother added that the child was “beautiful” before the kidnapping but is now “distant”.

Defense attorney Kevin Liston described Jones as a “complex character with a range of mental health issues”.

Mr Liston described the offense as “amateur” and “simple” and the relationship with the victim as “inappropriate” and “misguided”.

Steven Swift, who defended Carr, cited the lack of a relevant criminal record and also emphasized that Carr was uncomfortable with the situation and argued with Jones about it.

Judge Tom Gilbart sentenced Jones to two years and two months in prison. Carr has since been sentenced to two years in prison.

He said: “This is a deeply disturbing case where you have both behaved in bizarre and disturbing ways. Adolescence is an uncertain time for many, often fraught with insecurities and concerns about identity, and you, Ava Jones, have taken advantage of your insecurities to become victims.

“Their conduct prior to the crime may be classified as grooming. You knew exactly what you did wrong.

“Trevor Carr, you’ve tried, at least in part, to distance yourself. However, they are both responsible for something that is patently and seriously wrong – they kidnapped a child – away from home.”

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