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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 October 2006, 10:26 GMT 11:26 UK
Man in court over girl's kidnap
The scene of the abduction
The girl was abducted in Wrexham on Friday afternoon
A man has appeared in court charged with kidnapping and raping a 15-year-old girl.

Alan Grant, 49, from Stockport, Greater Manchester, allegedly snatched a teenager from a street in Wrexham on Friday afternoon.

Wrexham magistrates heard on Wednesday how Mr Grant - also known as Alan Weston - is charged with kidnap, two counts of rape, and assault.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Mold Crown Court on 2 November.

There was no application for bail and Mr Grant spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.

Wearing a blue sweatshirt, he was flanked by two prison officers during the eight-minute hearing.

A teenage girl was bundled into a van near Summerhill Road in the Highfield area of Wrexham at 1620 BST on Friday.

She was found 70 miles away in Bangor, 15 hours later on Saturday morning.

Witnesses

Police are appealing for witnesses - particularly a male jogger seen in the Highfield area on Friday - to come forward.

Two other people - a man and a woman - have already appeared in court, charged in connection with the case.

Mark Bowers, 32, was arrested in Lancashire on Saturday morning and later charged with perverting the course of justice.

Tracy Bishop, 35, from Stockport, has been charged with assisting an offender.

A 49-year-old man from the Stockport area also arrested in connection with the inquiry has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.




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