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Angel Lynn: shocking moment teen was kidnapped in ordeal that left her with serious injuries

Angel Lynn was kidnapped by her controlling boyfriend and then fell from the van into a dual carriageway at 60mph

This is the shocking moment a controlling man kidnapped his then girlfriend in broad daylight and bundled her into a van.

Angel Lynn, 19, was found with serious injuries on a dual carriageway after falling onto the road from the van travelling 60mph.

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She suffered a fractured skull and catastrophic brain injuries, and has been left unable to talk, walk or feed herself.

What Chay Bowskill and Rocco Sansome were sentenced to

Her boyfriend at the time Chay Bowskill, 20, and his friend Rocco Sansome, 20, both denied kidnap but were found guilty following a trial.

Chay Bowskill chased down the teenager when she walked off during an argument before he bundled her into a van (Leicestershire Police)

Jurors were shown CCTV of the moment Bowskill chased down the teenager when she walked off during an argument before he bundled her into a van.

Shocking footage shows Bowskill grabbing her from behind in a bear hug and carrying her back across the road in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire.

Angel then fell out of the vehicle as it was travelling along at 60mph at around 10.45am on September 17, 2020 before she was discovered by members of the public.

It is unclear how she exited the vehicle with Bowskill claiming that Angel had voluntarily jumped out of the van. He was later cleared of causing grievous bodily harm.

Paramedics attended the scene and Angel was taken to hospital but despite intensive medical intervention she remains in hospital with life-changing injuries.

Detectives uncovered footage of Angel being forced into the van before it was driven away from the area by Sansome at speed. Both men were later arrested.

Bowskill, of Syston, Leicestershire, was also convicted of coercive and controlling behaviour and perverting the course of justice.

He was jailed for seven-and-a-half years while Sansome, of Birstall, Leicestershire, was sentenced to 21 months in prison at Leicester Crown Court.

‘Angel’s future has sadly been taken away from her’

Angel Lynn has been left with serious injuries

In a heartbreaking statement issued after the case, Angel’s dad, Paddy, said: “Our lives have been changed beyond recognition forever.

"Angel was so full of life and had such a great future ahead of her.

"That future has sadly been taken away from her.

“The catastrophic injuries Angel suffered will mean life will never be the same for her or our family.

"Every day is not only a huge struggle for Angel but also a huge struggle for our family and friends.

"We are lucky in some ways as we are a close family, we have lots of lovely friends who help us and people that care in other ways.

“We try to remain strong but we know that every day will be difficult and a struggle for us all especially for Angel.

"I know that Angel will never get married now and I will never get to walk my daughter down the aisle.

"Nikki and I will never be grandparents to Angel’s children. We don’t know what the future holds for our daughter but we try to put smiles on our faces each day but inside our hearts are bleeding out.

“We’d like to thank all the officers involved in the investigation, our family liaison officers and our barrister, Mr Janes for their support throughout the last 16 months.

"They have all worked so hard and their dedication to Angel’s case has been remarkable.”

‘No verdict can make up for the quality of life this young woman has lost’

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Yarwood, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit Major Crime team, said: “Angel is a young woman who had plans and aspirations in place and the rest of her life to look forward to.

"Because of the extent of her injuries she now faces constant medical treatment and round the clock care.

“Her family remain devastated by what has happened and I praise the strength and bravery they have shown and continue to demonstrate to this day.

“No verdict or subsequent sentence can make up for the quality of life this young woman has lost.

"I can only hope that in time her family can find some comfort knowing justice has been done.”

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