Nurse beaten and kidnapped

a NURSE was beaten up and kidnapped and driven for miles before finally escaping in Heckmondwike, Leeds Crown Court heard on Tuesday.

Michael Still had been sleeping in his camper van at Ainley Top because he had just got a job in the area and had not had time to find to find accommodation.

He was parked off the M62 near Huddersfield on April 12 last year, but was woken at 1.30am by a man asking him to ring for a taxi claiming to have had an accident.

Mr Still was looking up a number on his mobile phone when he realised another two men were also outside and he was then attacked.

Richard Smith, prosecuting, said that one of the three, Ashley Wayne Smith, of Hirst Avenue, Dale Lane Estate, Heckmondwike, stamped on the phone before repeatedly punching Mr Still in the face.

Bleeding, Mr Still was then bundled back into the camper van and one of the others, who has not been identified, drove it to Brighouse, with Mr Still being further assaulted during the journey.

Smith was behaving increasingly aggressively because he wanted to drive and kicked at the windscreen, causing it to crack. When they reached another town, the third man got out and the vehicle continued before Mr Still was forced to hand over £500 at a cash point by the driver. Smith then took over at the wheel before the other man again replaced him.

When the van slowed down in a cul-de-sac Mr Still managed to escape and found himself in Heckmondwike.

He was bruised, bleeding from cuts, had injuries to his nose and two black eyes.

Police later found the camper van in Batley and Smith, who was nearby, was arrested.

Mitigating Robin Frieze said 19-year-old Smith was horrified when he sobered up and realised what he had done.

Smith pleaded guilty to kidnap, assault and driving over the prescribed limit and was send to a young offender institution for three and a half years.