Man’s rush hour bid to kidnap his ex-girlfriend


A man assaulted his former girlfriend and tried to bundle her into a car in rush hour traffic as horrified drivers looked on.

Allan Towell, 37, described by a judge as “manipulative and controlling”, then got his ex-wife and best friend to help him try to persuade victim Samantha Elam to drop charges after he was arrested and held in custody.

Leeds Crown Court heard the attempted kidnap took place at 5.25pm on December 19 last year as Miss Elam was walking towards the Days Inn hotel at Ossett.

Towell grabbed her by the hair and tried to shove her into the back of his car. The pair then rolled down an embankment but Miss Elam escaped.

Towell then used his ex- wife Tricia Brown, 40, and Richard Tingle, 46, of Elsicker Lane, Wakefield, to get Miss Elam to drop charges against him.

But Towell, of Sandforth Lane, Goole, was jailed for two years and 10 months after pleading guilty to attempted kidnap and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Brown, also of Sandforth Lane, and Tingle were given community orders after pleading guilty to the conspiracy.

Judge Sally Cahill QC told Towell: “I take the view that you are manipulative, controlling, and you are a very selfish man.”