Three men arrested on suspicion of kidnapping in Swanage

Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses after reports that a man was assaulted and forced into a car in Swanage and driven against his will to an address in the town.

The incident was reported to have happened between 10.25 pm and 10.40 pm on Friday 14th January 2022, when a man was approached by three men outside The White Horse Inn on the High Street.


The men, who are believed to be known to the victim, allegedly forced the man into a car that was parked outside the gift shop Curiosity and then drove him to an address in Swanage.

High Street near Curiosity gift shop
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The man was reported to have been forced into a car outside Curiosity gift shop in the High Street in Swanage

The man was able to escape

Detectives say that the man was able to escape, fled the scene and contacted Dorset Police at around 11.10 pm later that evening.

It was reported that the man was assaulted and received injuries, although they are not believed to be serious.

Following police enquiries, two men from Swanage, aged 35 and 42, and a 47 year old man from Pembrokeshire in Wales, were arrested on suspicion of kidnap.

The two men from Swanage have also been arrested on suspicion of assault. All three have been released on police bail while enquiries continue.

Street view of the lower High Street
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The lower end of the High Street in Swanage outside The White Horse Inn where the incident was reported to have started

“Particularly keen to hear from a woman”

Detective constable Charlie Soutine from Weymouth CID said:

“A full investigation is underway into this incident and we are supporting the victim as we make our enquiries.

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area and may have witnessed what happened or any suspicious activity to please come forward.

“I am particularly keen to hear from a woman who reportedly approached the men during the incident as she may have important information to assist my enquiries.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who was driving in the area and may have captured anything of relevance on dashcam.”

Contact Dorset Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220007291.

Alternatively, to stay 100 percent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at or call Freephone 0800 555 111.

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