Serviceman tells of 'fighting for life' during abduction bid

A serviceman at the centre of an attempted abduction outside an RAF base said the incident has turned his world upside down. 

The married airman in his late 20s was out running in the village of Marham, in Norfolk, at around 3.10pm on July 20 when he was ambushed by two men.

The victim said he was near RAF Marham when he was grabbed by a man who tried to drag him towards a nearby car.

He told police he knocked the first attacker to the ground and an accomplice, carrying a knife, helped him up before both men fled. 

Norfolk Constabulary will be appealing for information on the BBC's Crimewatch on Monday night.

A clip released by the broadcaster ahead of the programme features the victim's words spoken through the voice of an actor.

"This whole event has turned my world upside down. The outcome could have been a lot more severe, but it's the 'what ifs' you know, not being able to see my wife again, not being able to see my family again.

"And I knew what I had to do to get away. I was fighting for my life. I won't let this stop me from doing things I need to do, but it does affect you emotionally," he said.

Police said the first suspect was aged between 20 and 30, about 6ft, athletic but stocky, with dark hair which was long on top, and a well-groomed beard. He had a dark skin tone and wore casual clothing.

He may have a facial injury sustained during the incident when the victim defended himself, and NHS England has been notified of this.

The second suspect is described as between 20 and 30, but younger than the first suspect and slimmer.

He was about 5ft 10ins, clean shaven with short dark hair and wore a white T-shirt and dark shorts.

:: Detective Superintendent Paul Durham will be speaking to Jeremy Vine on Crimewatch live from RAF Marham on Monday at 9pm on BBC One.

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