Kempsey police hunt two for tourist park abduction

A MAN was abducted at knifepoint from the South Kempsey tourist park on Tuesday night, held hostage and forced to hand over his bank account details.

Police said the man, 35, was returning home to Toormina from a trip to Newcastle when engine trouble forced him to stop at the park about 9pm.

He was allegedly approached by two males who threatened him with a knife and demanded his wallet. 

He was then forced back into his vehicle and made to drive to the Burnt Bridge area where he was reportedly forced to reveal his bank PIN details. 

He was guarded by one of the offenders while the second man then drove the victim’s car to the Kempsey CBD and withdrew a small amount of cash. 

The victim was later allowed to leave the Burnt Bridge area on foot and was able to walk to a service station, where he contacted police.

A search of the area located his 2002 silver Mazda Tribute four-wheel drive in Reginald Ward St, South Kempsey.

Acting Inspector Ann Joy from the Kempsey Police said yesterday that investigations into the crime were at an early stage.

“The vehicle has been examined by forensic police and we are hoping we will get some evidence from that," she said.

“Investigations are ongoing and I would also hope the police will get some assistance from the public to identify the offenders."

The men are described as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in appearance, with one aged about 40 years, with short black hair and a larger nose than the other man. 

He was wearing a long black jumper, a bum bag on his waist, and dark blue jeans. 

The other offender is described as being in his early 20s with a large nose, wearing a baseball cap (possibly dark blue), a hooded black jumper which may have had a white coloured motif on the front, and dark coloured track pants. 

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