Manhunt launched following Congleton abductions

Above: Joseph McCann wanted in connection with the abduction of two women in Congleton

Cheshire Police have launched a manhunt after two women were abducted in Congleton. 

At 6.45 pm today, (Sunday 5 May), two women were forced into a black Fiat Punto in Congleton town centre. The Punto was spotted a short time later by officers who pursued the vehicle until it collided with another vehicle and came to a stop on Obelisk Way. The driver fled the scene on foot, leaving behind the two women in the car. 

Officers believe the driver to be Joseph McCann, who is wanted by the Metropolitan Police. 

McCann is 34 years old, he is described as being of muscular build, 5ft 10ins tall, has blue eyes, a bald head or shaved blond hair with a light-coloured short beard and a distinctive tattoo of the name ‘Bobbie’ on his stomach. 

Superintendent Sarah Pengelly said: “McCann is a dangerous individual and I would advise anyone who sees him not approach him but instead call us immediately on 999. Enquiries to locate him are ongoing and there is a large police presence in the Congleton area. This includes road checks in and out of the town. The two women abducted in Congleton were not injured. However, they have been left extremely shaken as a result of their ordeal and are currently being supported by specially trained officers.” 

Anyone with any information in relation to the whereabouts of McCann is urged to contact Cheshire Police on 999 quoting IML 393162. 

Breaking News – Man located in connection to Congleton abductions 

Officers investigating the abduction of two women have located a man in connection with the incident. The man has been secured by officers in an isolated area of Congleton and is currently talking to trained negotiators.

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