Two in court on kidnap charges

Esplanade view. pic Richard Ponter 150506d
Esplanade view. pic Richard Ponter 150506d

Two men have appeared in court to face claims they kidnapped a retired Scarborough couple from their sea view home in a late-night raid.

The couple, who are in their 80s, were allegedly snatched from their Esplanade flat on Monday night in a terrifying ordeal in which they were threatened for cash.

The elderly couple were allegedly then driven off in their own Range Rover, but the car crashed, leaving them stranded on the A64.

The police dog section was called and the force’s helicopter launched in the aftermath of the crash, while the “deeply shocked” couple were taken to hospital. Two suspects were arrested near the cash machine at Eastfield’s Proudfoots store at around 11.20pm, just over two hours after the incident started.

They were later charged by police, and appeared at York Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday morning to face multiple counts.

Neither Carl Howley, of South Street, nor Nicholas Dodsworth, of North Marine Road, entered a plea at the brief hearing.

Magistrates told them the charges, which included kidnap for both suspects, were too serious to be heard at that court and neither entered a plea.

The pair will now answer the charges before a judge at York Crown Court on February 9, with both remanded in jail until that hearing.

Thirty-year-old Howley is charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated vehicle taking, kidnap, driving without insurance, driving without a licence and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

Dodsworth, 20, is charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and kidnap.

North Yorkshire Police confirmed that the couple were taken to Scarborough Hospital following the incident as a precaution, where they were checked over and released.