Four men, including one from Burnley, who were accused of kidnapping another man in the Isle of Man last October, have had their charges dropped.
At a pre-trial review hearing in Douglas the prosecution offered no evidence against Abdul Ahad (19) of Kent Street, Burnley, Zishaan Amar Sharif (21) of St Michael’s Road, Bradford, Muhammed Hammad Khan (24) of Jasmin Terrace, Bradford, and Amman Sohail (22) of Roydscliffe Road, Bradford.
At the pre trial review hearing a date was to have been set for the full trial to take place but instead it was decided there was no case to answer and the charges, which all four men had denied, were formally withdrawn.
The complainant, Mohammed Jahed Islam, believed to be from Burnley, was thought to be staying at a hotel in Douglas.
The four accused were remanded in custody after the allegations were made last October.