Failed kidnapper sentenced to three years


Andrew Kent, aged 32, was today sentenced to three years at Stoke-on-Trent- Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to kidnapping two women and attempting to kidnap a third at a bus station in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent in November last year.

Robin Allen, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "I welcome the sentence passed in respect of this case. This was a particularly concerning case given the defendant's behaviour in approaching young females and falsely making out to them that he was a police officer.

"Due to their prompt actions in reporting their concerns to the police, he was identified and arrested and was prevented from committing any further serious offences.

"I would like to thank the victims in this case for their support for the prosecution of Andrew Kent and for having the bravery to report their concerns about his conduct towards them last year.

"The CPS has worked closely with Staffordshire Police to build a strong case against this defendant which has resulted in him pleading guilty and avoided the need for the victims to attend court and give evidence and relive the experiences."