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(NEW SOUTH WALES) NSW Police Report: Former Australian star cricketer Stuart MacGill was abducted and released in an alleged kidnapping in Sydney last month, police say as four arrested #AceNewsDesk report


#AceNewsReport – May.06: Police said MacGill knew one of the men and the plot had been financially motivated: He sustained minor injuries in the incident but didn’t require medical care, police said: MacGill, 50, was a Test spinner for the national team between 1998 and 2008: At one point, he was ranked the world’s second-best bowler behind his team-mate Shane Warne:

Stuart MacGill: Ex-Australian cricketer kidnapped and released in Sydney: Four people have been arrested in connection with the incident which took place on 14 April

NSW POLICE REPORT: Latest News: Four charged after man allegedly kidnapped from Sydney’s Lower North Shore

Wednesday, 05 May 2021 02:21:35 PM:

Robbery and Serious Crime Squad detectives have charged four men following an investigation into the alleged kidnapping of another man from Sydney’s Lower North Shore last month.

About 8pm on Wednesday 14 April 2021, a 50-year-old man was allegedly confronted by a 46-year-old man near the intersection of Parraween and Winnie Streets at Cremorne.

A short time later the pair were approached by two other men who allegedly forced the older man into a vehicle. 

He was then driven to a property at Bringelly, where the two men, plus another unknown man, allegedly assaulted the 50-year-old man and threatened him with a firearm.

About an hour later, the man was driven to the Belmore area and released.

The incident was reported to officers from North Shore Police Area Command on Tuesday 20 April 2021.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad were notified and subsequently commenced an investigation under Strike Force Cain.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives, with assistance from Raptor Squad and the Public Order and Riot Squad, arrested four men from 6am today (Wednesday 5 May 2021).

A short time later, officers executed search warrants at homes at Sutherland, Caringbah, Brighton Le-Sands, Banksia and Marrickville, and a crime scene warrant at a property in Bringelly.

During the searches, police seized mobile phones and a vehicle. All items will undergo further examination.

A 27-year-old man was arrested at Caringbah, while a 29-year-old man was arrested at Sutherland.

The men were taken to Sutherland Police Station and both charged with participate criminal group contribute criminal activity and take/detain in company with intent to get advantage occasion actual bodily harm.

A 46-year-old man was arrested at Brighton Le Sands, while a 42-year-old man was arrested at Banksia.

The older man was charged with take/detain in company with intent to get advantage occasion actual bodily harm, participate criminal group contribute criminal activity and supply prohibited drug (large commercial quantity).

The younger man was charged with knowingly direct activities of criminal group and take/detain in company with intent to get advantage occasion actual bodily harm.

All four men were refused bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court today (Wednesday 5 May 2021).

Investigations by the Robbery and Serious Crime Squad are continuing.

3 hours ago

Stuart MacGill speaking to English cricketer Mason Crane during a training session in 2017
Stuart MacGill (seen here in 2017) was released about an hour into the ordeal

‘Dragged into a car and assaulted’ 

New South Wales Police said the arrests, which took place after raids were conducted across Sydney on Wednesday, were the result of a two-week long investigation.

Police allege MacGill had been approached and confronted in the Sydney suburb of Cremorne one evening by a 46-year-old man he knew.

Two other men then appeared and the group forced the ex-cricketer into a car.

He was driven to a remote site in Bringelly, on the city’s outskirts, where he was allegedly assaulted and threatened at gunpoint by the “criminal gang”, police said.

After about an hour, he was driven to the south-west suburb of Belmore and released, police said.

Authorities said no money was handed over or obtained in the course of the attack, but the kidnapping attempt had been financially motivated. 

Police said MacGill reported the crime to authorities one week after it occurred, and that he had been worried about his and his family’s safety.

“To be standing on a street, to be dragged into a car, driven a remote location, physically assaulted, threatened with a firearm, held for a period of time and then dumped, I think you would be pretty worried,” said detective Anthony Holton.

“I know it is only an hour that he was held, but it would have been a horribly frightful hour to endure through,” he added.

He said MacGill’s ordeal was “not involved in any back story that leads to him having a personal debt to other people,” and that he was solely being treated as a “victim of a targeted kidnapping”.

Police said the arrested group members – aged 27, 29, 42 and 46 – would be charged later on Wednesday.

Australian media reported MacGill, who retired from cricket in 2008, works as the general manager of a restaurant in Sydney’s northern suburbs.

MacGill is yet to provide public comment on the incident.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.06: 2021:

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