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CCTV HUNT FOR KIDNAP GANG; Man snatched from street and mauled by dog.

Byline: BEN SCHOFIELD

DETECTIVES investigating a terrifying abduction and dog attack were today due to scour CCTV for clues about the kidnappers.

The five-strong gang apparently swooped on a man in a city street and bundled him into a van.

The 20-year-old victim, known only as Paul, said he was driven round blindfolded for up to four hours.

When he was released his captors set two dogs on him, one of which tried to savage his leg while the other leapt at his neck.

One dog sank its jaw into his right calf before he managed to run away. Doctors treated the bite wound at the Royal Hospital yesterday.

Paul told detectives he was snatched from Prescot Road, Old Swan, at around 6.30pm on Thursday. They tied his hoodie over his head so he couldn't tell where they were taking him.

At around 10.45pm he was taken out of the white van in the Deysbrook part of West Derby, where the dogs were allegedly set loose on him.

After escaping he staggered into the Deysbrook Pub, on Deysbrook Lane.

CCTV tapes are now being sought for both Prescot Road and Deysbrook Lane to try to work out what happened.

Paul stunned drinkers in the pub when he interrupted Thursday's quiz night.

Licensee Karen Lamont told the ECHO: "A young lad came in here - he was given as much assistance as we could before the ambulance arrived."

Joe Marooth, 61, who has been a regular at the Deysbrook for years, said: "The lad was 20, that's what he told me.

"He said something about his cousin owing someone money.

"He said he was held for about four hours. When they got to Deysbrook Lane they took him out the van and set the dogs on him.

"While they held him they held a sports jacket over his head so he couldn't see anybody.

"When he came into the pub he seemed to have bruises to his face and quite a nasty bite wound to his right leg.

"There was an outline of a bite, the skin was broken and looked like a horseshoe shape, like the mouth of a dog."

Detective Inspector Dominic Harrison said: "At this early stage of the investigation we are still trying to piece together what happened although we believe that it was a targeted attack.

"We would appeal for anyone who may have seen a man being forced to get into a small white van in the Prescot Road area of Old Swan at around 6.30pm yesterday or saw the victim in the Deysbrook area between that time and 11pm to get in touch.

"Incidents of this nature are very rare and violence will not be tolerated by Merseyside Police.". Anyone with information is asked to call detectives on 0151 777 4565 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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