‘Fake taxi driver’ charged with ‘abducting woman and sexually assaulting her’

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The accused taxi driver, 37, from Norwich, allegedly kidnapped the woman, drove her to a car park and attempted to attack her in the early hours of the morning, police say.

The driver is believed to have left with the woman on Plumstead Road, Norwich

An alleged “fake taxi driver” is accused of kidnapping a woman and attempting to assault her in the early hours of the morning, police said.

The motorist, 37, is accused of impersonating a taxi driver and driving away with the woman who was trapped in his car in Norwich, Norfolk, according to a police statement.

Police heard he drove her into a parking lot and attempted to sexually assault her shortly after 5am on Sunday.

The accused driver had pretended to provide taxi service when he picked up the woman and a man on a residential road near downtown, police said.

But when the male passenger jumped out of the taxi to withdraw cash from an ATM, the driver fled with the lone female passenger, Norfolk Police said.







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Officers acted quickly and the car was found in a parking lot where the woman was found safe about an hour later.

Norfolk Police have confirmed a man has been arrested and charged following the terrifying ordeal.

A force spokesman said: “Grant McCluskey, 37, of Cedar Road, Norwich, has been arrested following the incident and has been charged with kidnapping, kidnapping with intent to commit an offense sexual activity and administering a substance with the intent to dominate.







The man was due to appear at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on May 23
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“He is due to appear at Norwich Magistrates’ Court on Monday, May 23, 2022.”

Police recorded 5,720 kidnapping offenses in England and Wales in the year 2020 to 2021, which is lower than the previous year.

Kidnappings hit a low of 1,390 between 2012 and 2013, but have risen every year since, according to Statista.







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The increase was recorded at an average of approximately 640 additional incidents per year.

It came alongside an upward trend in overall crime in the UK, with offenses hitting an 11-year high of 6.43 million in 2019 to 2020, the data shows.

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