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Cops hunt man after violent kidnapping rescue

PUBLISHED: 21:04 12 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:57 05 October 2010

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POLICE are looking for this man believed to be in East London following a violent kidnap last July. Detectives want to question 24-year-old Terry Skinner, also known as Henry James Cooper, after a kidnapping victim was rescued by police at an illegal cannabis factory

By Mike Brooke

POLICE are looking for this man believed to be in East London following a violent kidnap last July.

Detectives want to question 24-year-old Terry Skinner, also known as Henry James Cooper, after a kidnapping victim was rescued by police at an illegal cannabis factory. It is believed Skinner may be somewhere in East London.

The kidnappers demanded a large sum of money and seriously injured their victim at the factory in Edgware in Middlesex, Scotland Yard said tonight.

The public is being advised by the Met’s Kidnap & Specialist Investigation squad not to approach Skinner, but to dial 999.

Det Con Jason Niblett said: “This kidnap was particularly violent and the victim suffered a terrifying ordeal.

“I would urge anyone who may have seen Terry Skinner or who has any other information to contact us.”

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 020-7230 8933, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800-555111.

Five men and a 16-year-old youth are due in court in March in connection with the kidnapping. Charges include false imprisonment, blackmail, conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to produce cannabis and abstracting electricity.


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