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Two jailed for ‘terrifying’ broad daylight kidnap-robbery in Eccles

Two Salford men have been jailed after kidnapping a man and robbing him while he made his way to work.

19-year-old Paul Murray was sentenced to three years, eight months in prison and 24-year-old Louis Walsh was jailed for five years.

Manchester Crown Court heard how during the morning rush-hour on Friday 27 May the pair forced their way into the victim’s car at a set of traffic lights on Albert Road in Eccles.

Over the course of the next hour they threatened the victim with a knife and told him to drive them anywhere they wanted to go.

He was forced to driver them to a shop to buy beer, then to a second store to buy them cigarettes, balloons and canisters before he was ushered to a cashpoint where they took £300 from his bank account.

Walsh, of Damask Avenue, Salford and Murray, of Bermondsay Street, Salford, pleaded guilty to kidnap and robbery at an earlier hearing.

Detective Constable, Steve Powell, from GMP’s Salford Borough, said: “This was a truly terrifying ordeal for the victim who was simply trying to go to work that day.

“Walsh and Murray made this man genuinely fear for his life and I would like to praise the victim for his courage during this investigation.

“The pair thought they would get away with this offence despite it happening at a time when the roads are busy with commuters.

“Their brazen actions caught up with them and they will now serve their welcomed prison sentences.”

Main image: Louis Walsh, Paul Murray

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