Armed police raid De Montfort Uni halls of residence

Armed police have arrested a 22-year-old man at De Montfort University's Newarke Point halls of residence following an investigation into a suspected kidnapping.

Armed police, accompanied by police dogs, were called to Newarke Point halls of residence on the De Montfort University campus this morning.

Reports are suggesting various explanations for the police presence, including a drugs raid and a possibility of a hostage being held before police confirmed that the arrest came after an investigation was launched into a kidnapping.

The residency, which sleeps over 600 students, is one of the closest halls of residences to the university's main campus in Leicester.

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By 2:00pm, most of the police had left the scene while some remained, before reports of a forensic team arriving.

Thames Valley Police released this statement:


"A man, aged 22, was arrested in Leicester in the early hours of this morning (6/2) as part of an investigation into a suspected kidnap. The arrest was made after local patrol officers stopped a suspicious vehicle.


"A man who was believed to have been held against his will, was found safe when officers made the arrest.


"The arrested man is currently in custody in Leicester."

De Montfort University were unable to comment further.

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