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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Cumbrian man faces 11 charges of child abduction

A Workington man is to appear before a judge at Carlisle Crown Court to face 11 charges of child abduction.

John Nathan Alexander Dougan, 20, of Chaucer Road, is accused of abducting five children on unspecified dates between May 1 and August 10 last year.

At Workington’s magistrates’ court on Friday, he was granted conditional bail.

The conditions specified by the court included an order that he should not approach any of 11 named witnesses.

Dougan was represented in magistrates’ court by a lawyer from Brockbank, Curwen, Cain & Hall.

Each of the individual charges alleges that Dougan, without authority of the guardian, and without a reasonable excuse, took the child involved to various named locations, including Allonby, Maryport, Cockermouth, and Whitehaven.

No further details of the alleged offences are known.

The allegations have been brought under sections 2 and 4 of Child Abduction Act 1984.

The case is scheduled to go to Carlisle Crown Court for a directions hearing on June 11.

Dougan has not yet indicated any plea to the charges.

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