Five in court on teenager kidnap charge

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FIVE men charged with the kidnapping and wounding of a Burnley teenager have appeared in court.

Mark Ellis (35), of Salus Street, Bradley Lister (18), of Whitefield Terrace, John Fielden (23), of Cameron Street, Peter Carroll (48), of Florence Street and Jason Miller, of Grove Lane, Padiham, appeared before Burnley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

The group are accused of kidnapping Kurt Swindlehurst (19) last Monday and causing the alleged victim grievous bodily harm.

All five men vehemently deny the charges. Fielden is also charged with the production of cannabis which is a Class B drug.

Magistrates granted bail to all five men, but imposed conditions of residency at named addresses. The Crown Prosecution Service was applying to challenge the decision to grant bail.

The men are set to appear before Burnley Crown Court in February next year.