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‘NOT GUILTY’: Trio charged with Watford kidnapping plead not guilty

 Published on: 28th November 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Three men charged with kidnapping in an incident that resulted in a Croxley school going into lockdown have pleaded not guilty.

Appearing at St Albans Crown Court on Monday, November 14, Tijmal Saddique, aged 38, from Mildred Avenue, Watford, Junior Scarlett, aged 45, from Fortescue Road, Edgware and Daniel Till, aged 47, from Scots Hill, Croxley Green all entered the same plea.

The three have now been remanded in custody until their trial begins on Monday, March 27 next year.

The charge is related to an incident that took place on Wednesday, October 12, where a man was allegedly forced into a car and driven off in Beechwood Rise, Watford.

Following enquiries made to Hertfordshire police, an address near the school in Croxley Green was identified, and police attended.

Three males attempted to make off from the address, which led to the search, though all of them were quickly detained by officers.

During the investigation, a section of Rickmansworth School’s grounds were searched by police, leading to the school initiating its lockdown procedure.

A spokesperson for Rickmansworth School said: “In order to keep our children safe, the decision to immediately ‘lockdown’ the School site was taken.

“The lockdown lasted for approximately 10 minutes and was lifted only once Hertfordshire Constabulary informed the School that their incident was concluded.

“Rickmansworth School has a very clear ‘lockdown’ procedure which is routinely updated, and this procedure worked extremely well during a ‘live’ incident.”

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