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Five-year term for schoolgirl's kidnapper trapped by CCTV

PUBLISHED: 17:09 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 10:30 12 August 2010

A man has been jailed for five years after kidnapping a 13-year-old girl. Stephen Mackay, 48, of Avondale, Ash Vale, Aldershot, Hampshire, was caught on CCTV dragging the girl in Sundridge Park, Bromley, on Tuesday, July 14, last year. He approached

A man has been jailed for five years after kidnapping a 13-year-old girl.

Stephen Mackay, 48, of Avondale, Ash Vale, Aldershot, Hampshire, was caught on CCTV dragging the girl in Sundridge Park, Bromley, on Tuesday, July 14, last year.

He approached her outside St Joseph's School in Plaistow Lane, Bromley, at about 9am. Mackay talked to her and then she walked on before realising he was still there.

He approached her again at the junction with Edward Road, opposite Sundridge Park Management Centre.

She tried to ignore his advances but he grabbed her and pulled her into an access road leading off the lane. The girl managed to run away and seek help.

At Croydon Crown Court last Friday, Mackay pleaded guilty to kidnapping and committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence. He was also sentenced to a lifetime on the Sex Offenders' Register.

A charge of sexual assault was dropped after he pleaded guilty to the other two offences. Mackay was arrested in Aldershot, Hampshire, 16 days after the attack, following appeals in local and national press.

Investigating officer PC Steve Crust, of Bromley Police's CID, said "This case highlights the importance of CCTV as an investigative tool. Without the opportunity to share these images with a national audience Mackay would never have been caught.

"I would like to pay tribute to the complainant who came forward to report this matter in what was, for her, very difficult circumstances. I would also like to echo the comments made by the sentencing judge in extending her thanks to witnesses who had the courage to contact police naming Mackay as the suspect.

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