Busy Waddon road sealed off by police over suspicious vehicle

Road block: the scene at the junction of Epsom Road this morning, as the police prepared to remove the abandoned car. Pic: Austen Cooper

UPDATED 1pm: Epsom Road in Waddon was sealed off for nine hours this morning, as the police dealt with an incident involving a suspicious vehicle, reportedly involved in an attempted kidnapping.

A man in his 30s was reported to have been assaulted on Epsom Road just after midnight and then bundled into the back of a car and driven away. The man was found close to Epsom Road by police and taken to hospital for treatment. His condition was described as not life-threatening.

No arrests have been made.

Formal notifications stated: “Epsom Road both ways closed due to police incident between Waddon Road and A232 Duppas Hill Road.”

The road either side of Warrington Road was closed from 1am, with bus route 157 sent on diversion.

The police removed the road block shortly after 10am, according to an eyewitness.

The car had been stuck or abandoned on a traffic island at the road junction.

The police tow truck arrived just before 10am to remove the vehicle, which public records suggest has not been reported as stolen and is insured.

The Metropolitan Police issued a statement appealing for witnesses.

“Anyone with information that could assist police is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 102/10Mar. You can also provide information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Updated to include police statement

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