‘Kidnap’ victim dies after being bundled into back of car as murder probe launched

A murder investigation has been launched after a dying “kidnap” victim was found bundled in the back of a Vauxhall Astra.

Two men and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the man was found with serious injuries in Leicester in the early hours of Monday, April 12.

Police confirmed the man who was discovered in the vehicle later died, reports Leicestershire Live.

The car had been pulled over after officers spotted the vehicle being driven in an “erratic manner”.

One man was detained after trying to flee the scene on foot, police said.

They said: “Shortly after 3am yesterday (Monday April 12), officers stopped a car – a red Vauxhall Astra – in Brighton Road, after it was seen being driven in an erratic manner.

“One man ran from the vehicle but was detained nearby.

“Upon searching the car, officers found another man inside who had suffered multiple injuries. He was taken to hospital for treatment but died shortly after 8am yesterday.

“There were no other people in the vehicle.”

The spokesperson added: “The man detained by officers close to where the car was stopped is 25-years-old and was initially arrested on suspicion of kidnap and theft of a motor vehicle.

“Following the death of the man found inside the car, he was further arrested on suspicion of murder.”

A second man, 34, and a 40-year-old woman were also arrested on suspicion of murder, according to police.

Two other men, aged 44 and 34, were later arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

All five people arrested remain in custody, where they are being questioned by detectives.

An appeal has been issued for witnesses to the incident in Brighton Road and anyone who may have information about the crime, or those responsible.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Yarwood, from the EMSOU, said: “Officers are carrying out enquiries to ascertain how the man suffered these injuries.

“While we have arrested people in connection with the incident, I am particularly keen to speak to anyone who has information and would ask anyone who thinks they can help to come forward as a matter of urgency.”

He added: “You – the public – often play a vital role in investigations of this nature and I am appealing for your help. I am particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw the red Vauxhall Astra being driven in an unusual or erratic manner in late on Sunday evening or in the early hours of yesterday morning.

“If you have CCTV or dashcam footage that has captured the vehicle at any point, please get in touch. Any information you have could significantly help our investigation.”