Two plead guilty to kidnap

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Two men who kidnapped an elderly Scarborough couple at their seafront home have pleaded guilty to the offence.

Nicholas Dodsworth, 20, of North Marine Road, and Carl Howley, 30, of South Street, appeared at York Crown Court on Monday when they both admitted kidnap and other charges including aggravated vehicle-taking and burglary.

Their elderly victims, who are in their 80s and were named in court, were snatched from their Esplanade flat during a night raid on January 26, when they were threatened for cash.

The couple were said to have been driven off in their own Range Rover but the car crashed, leaving them stranded on the A64.

Police were called and mobilised the force helicopter and dog section in the search for the two kidnappers, while the “deeply-shocked” couple were taken to Scarborough Hospital following the crash.

They were checked over before being discharged.

Dodsworth and Howley were arrested near a cash machine at the Proudfoots store in Eastfield at about 11.20pm, just over two hours after the kidnap started.

Judge Stephen Ashurst adjourned sentence until March 23, but told the two defendants: “Both of you face a long prison sentence for your involvement in this serious offence against (the two victims).”