Romford man accused of kidnap appears in court

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A 45-year-old office fitter from Romford appeared before magistrates today accused of kidnap.

The appearance followed a hunt, which began last week, for a man (who cannot be named for legal reasons) and a young boy.

The child went missing from a location near Braintree on May 2. His disappearance sparked a nationwide police hunt and he is now in the care of social services.

The accused did not enter a plea to the charge that he unlawfully and by force or fraud took or carried away the child against his will.

Magistrates sent the case to be dealt with a Chelmsford Crown Court.

The man’s lawyers indicated he would contest the charge. He was remanded in custody until July 13 when he is scheduled to appear at the crown court.

A second Romford man appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court last Saturday charged with assisting an offender in respect of the alleged offence.

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He was remanded in custody until Wednesday May 27 when he will appear at Chelmsford Crown Court.

A woman from Guildford in Surrey has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender in connection with this investigation bailed pending further enquiries.