Police worried as man bundled into Mercedes Vito van missing as two men arrested

Police are worried after a man was bundled into the back of a van and has not been seen since – despite two men being arrested.

The terrifying abduction saw a man bundled into the back of a white Mercedes-Benz Vito van.

Two men have aged 44 and 46 have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to kidnap but the man allegedly kidnapped has not been found.

A search is on and police are asking for the public's help.

The incident took place in Wythenshawe, Manchester, on Saturday.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) say they were called at 12.45pm on August 29 to reports a man had been abducted on Swanage Avenue, close to the border with Sale.

Detectives say they are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of the man.

They have made two arrested but say their investigation is still "very much ongoing".

They have now established that ten minutes before they received the report, a man had been bundled into the back of a white Mercedes-Benz Vito van.

It was seen leaving Swanage Avenue heading towards Wendover Road at 12.36pm,  the Manchester Evening News reports.

It was later seen on Shentonfield Road at 12.59pm, where the van, which has distinctive black stickers with the silhouette of a car on the side, was found abandoned.

It is now being forensically analysed by specialist detectives.

However the victim, whose name or age have not been disclosed, has not yet been found.

They have released photographs of the van, registration WP08 VAH, and are appealing to any witnesses, or anyone who may information, however insignificant they believe it might be, to come forward.

Police say they are treating it as an "isolated incident" and that they believe there is no wider risk to the community, however patrols are being stepped up in the area.

Detective Sergeant Mark Hodgson, of GMP's City of Manchester district, said: "If anyone recognises the van in this photo or has any information at all that could help us to locate the victim, please get in touch with police as a matter of urgency.

"Although we have two men in custody, our investigation is still very much ongoing and the victim's safety is our number one priority.

"Any information at all, no matter how insignificant you may feel it is, could prove essential in assisting our investigation.

"I would like to reassure the public that this is believed to be an isolated incident, with no wider risk to the community.

"Residents will see increased police patrols in the area as we carry out our enquiries, so please do speak to our officers if you have any concerns."

Anyone with information can contact police on 0161 856 6063, quoting incident number 1461 of 29/08/2020.

Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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