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Gang who kidnapped and threatened to rape Cambridgeshire dad is jailed for more than 35 years

A kidnapping gang who abducted and threatened to rape a Cambridgeshire dad have been jailed for 35 years.

Father-of-two Daniel Wilson was beaten and forced into a pick-up truck in front of his children outside his home in Eye.

A trial heard that the gang claimed to be police officers before throwing the dad into the truck in his pyjamas.

Nigel Collins, 38, Alex Callcut, 31, Tyssen Newland, 36, and Ross Bright, 30, were jailed after Mr Wilson was driven to a gym in London and threatened with rape if he did not tell his wife to pay £2,000 for his release.

Beautician Sofia Wilson told Cambridge Crown Court of how she helplessly watched her husband being beaten up and kidnapped on the evening of December 18, 2016.

She said she was carrying her one-year-old son in her arms as she and her screaming six-year-old daughter watched him forced into a dark-coloured Mitsubishi Warrior.

Speaking of the moment Calcutt stopped Mr Wilson closing his door with his foot, she said: “I was at the door and I said you’re definitely not the police, you look like you’re here to kill somebody.

“The bigger one was so angry, he was just punching him, kicking him and just doing anything to get him out of the house and my daughter was screaming and screaming and screaming.

“I said please I’ve got my children and one of them said ‘I’ve got a wife and kids’.

“I followed them out, I had Harrison in my arms still and they dragged him across a lawn, across a road to where they were parked.”

Collins and Calcutt covered Mr Wilson’s head with a jumper and bundled him into the truck outside the family home where Newland was waiting in the backseat.

The trio told the terrified father, aged in his 20s, he owed them £20,000 and ‘you’re going to tell people you owe the money’ before beating him around the head.

He was forced to call members of his family to pay a £2,000 ransom as Collins, of Ilford, east London, drove them to The Unorthodox Gym in Dagenham, London.

They met Ross Bright, 30, who led the group inside, before Mr Wilson was threatened with rape and brutalised as the gang demanded his release ransom.

Jurors were shown the bloodied grey Marvel t-shirt, white socks and blue shorts he was wearing that night after they later pushed him out of the car with his head still covered.

The court heard he suffered a broken nose, black eye and bruises on his face.

The foursome were identified after he went into a nearby pub and asking the landlord for help who called the police.

Bright and Newland pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kidnap while Collins and Callcut denied the charge and were found guilty following a trial.

A fifth person, 38-year-old Nina Siaperas, who is also known as Nina Cranstoun, of in Ilford, East London, who also denied conspiracy to kidnap, was cleared by jurors.

Mrs Wilson was accused of lying after the trial heard she later did not tell police she got her brother take £2,000 in cash from her home to his captors the day after the attack.

She claimed she was trying to keep her brother “out of it” after she was accused by defence counsel of knowing “there was more than meets the eye” over the money.

Newland, of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, was sentenced to 14 years in prison; Callcut, of Romford, and Collins, of Ilford, were both given 10 years; and Bright, of Romford, was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

All four men have been made subject of a life-long restraining order prohibiting them from contacting the victim or his family.

Detective Chief Inspector Jerry Waite, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “Mobile phone evidence shows the defendants met on December 18 in the afternoon at the Unorthodox Gym before Newland, Collins and Callcut set off to Peterborough.

“The length of the sentences issued today just shows the severity of this crime which was clearly an organised kidnapping which has had a detrimental effect on not only the victim but also his family.”

Could the Coca-Cola Christmas truck come to Cambridge …

Jingling bells and the bright red truck, for many the Coca-Cola Christmas advert marks the start of the festive season.

The famous truck was spotted on the roads again this week, up in Nuneaton, as it prepares to tour the country in the lead up to Christmas.

The 6.5m-long, 13 tonne truck has been seen across the UK for five years, while Coca-Cola’s Christmas adverts have been seen on our TV screens since November 1995.

Christmas truck fan Victoria Miller tweeted: “As soon as you see the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck, you know it’s Christmas time.”

But fans of of all things Cola and Christmas have been left disappointed, as Cambridge and the surrounding area has been snubbed on recent tours.

The Coca Cola truck stops at Morrison’s in Cambourne in 2012.

The truck is by no means a stranger to Cambridgeshire, making it’s merry way to Cambourne in 2012 and Ely in 2013, much to the delight of fans all over the county.

But sadly, the truck has never come to Cambridge itself.

Why, Coca Cola, WHY?

We know that our streets here in the city centre are quite, well, snug and yes, okay, more than a little congested at times.

But you’re the MAGIC COCA COLA TRUCK. You could get round that, surely? Or park on the outskirts somewhere (we’re thinking Newmarket Road Park and Ride…)

Last year, truck fans were devastated after we were left out of the festivities AGAIN, with the nearest truck visits being Baldock and Milton Keynes.

But this could be the year that all changes. We’re told that plans for the truck tour are still being finalised, with dates to be announced mid-November, which means there’s still hope, right?

Will this festive icon be making it’s way back to Cambridge this Christmas?

Perhaps if we’re all very good boys and girls between now and then, Santa (or the equivalent at Coca Cola HQ) will give us an extra gift and roll his big red truck back to the CB postcode.

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