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Man forced Bluewater bus to stop in Gravesend and kidnapped passenger

PUBLISHED: 17:16 12 March 2018

Ricky Wilton, of Northfleet, was jailed for two years for kidnapping a bus passenger. Picture: Kent Police

Ricky Wilton, of Northfleet, was jailed for two years for kidnapping a bus passenger. Picture: Kent Police

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A man who forced a bus to stop in Gravesend, jumped on board and kidnapped one of its passengers, has been jailed for two years.

Ricky Wilton, of Gwynn Road, Northfleet, swerved in front the bus as it travelled from Bluewater, forcing it to stop.

He then got out of his car, ran to the rear exit of the bus, got on board and grabbed a man in his 20s. He punched and beat the man before dragging him to his car, throwing him inside and driving off.

Maidstone Crown Court heard the men knew each other.

Wilton drove to Greenhithe and Northfleet, attacking the victim intermittently and demanding money.

Kent Police were called when Wilton drove to the victim’s grandmother’s house and demanded the victim enter and ask for £80.

Wilton was arrested and later found guilty of assault and kidnap. He was jailed on Thursday, March 8.

The victim suffered minor injuries.

After the court case, investigating officer Pc Amy Edwards said: “This was an especially violent case. A disagreement had escalated to the point where Wilton decided to kidnap the victim in broad daylight.

“His actions were reckless and blind to the impact they would have had on the bus driver and surrounding witnesses.”

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