Brighton kidnap victim found safe and well

Posted On 22 Apr 2015 at 4:02 pm

Detectives have traced a man who was kidnapped off the street in Brighton.

kidnapTony Kurt has contacted officers after seeing the force’s video appeals in English and Albanian for him to come forward.

The 19-year-old is safe and well and is now being interviewed about his ordeal.

Temporary Detective Superintendent Jason Taylor said: “We’re delighted to have made contact with Mr Kurt and are now speaking to him about what happened.

“He contacted the Metropolitan Police and has been brought to Sussex so we can speak to him.

“I’d like to thank the media and the public for all their help in identifying and tracing him.

“The investigation is continuing to move rapidly and we are making good progress but we are still trying to find anyone who may have seen or has knowledge of the kidnapping or the Vauxhall Astra being driven in Brighton after the victim was attacked.

“If you know anything at all about what happened, please contact us.”

The fourth man was arrested yesterday (Tuesday 21 April) in connection with the kidnap.

Redon Sadria, 19, of New Steine, Brighton, has now been charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and money-laundering. He was remanded in custody to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (23 April).

Just before 6pm on Sunday (12 April) the victim was bundled into a Vauxhall Astra with the registration number HN05 FPY in Princes Terrace, Brighton, after he got out of a taxi in the road.

The Vauxhall involved in the kidnapping was found parked in Benett Avenue, Hove, on Thursday afternoon (16 April). It is currently being forensically examined but officers are still trying to trace exactly where it has been since Sunday evening.

Officers are continuing to piece together information about the attack and are carrying out inquiries across the county.

CCTV (pictured) in Queens Square, Brighton, shows the victim with another man close to the taxi rank in the road shortly after 5.30pm on Sunday 12 April.

The victim is the man with the beard and sunglasses in the CCTV. The second man may have seen the kidnapping happen. He is encouraged to come forward to speak to police as soon as possible.

Gazmend Mula, 29, of Temple Street, Brighton, has been charged with conspiracy to kidnap and possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.

Ilir Hasa, 23, of Denmark Villas, Hove, has been charged with conspiracy to kidnap and possession of an offensive weapon.

Both appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Saturday (18 April) and were remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 7 May.

Officers are still looking for at least two other men in connection with the kidnapping.

Anyone with information should email quoting Operation Wave, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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