Holmfirth man jailed for abducting a child

A Holmfirth man has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for abducting a child.

Gavin Sykes

Gavin Sykes (42) was sentenced on January 17, 2020 at Leeds Crown Court after pleading guilty to abducting a young old girl from the Woodlands Avenue area in Holmfirth in June 2019.

He was also sentenced after being found guilty of two counts of sexual assault and committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence.

Police received a report at 7.47pm on June 20 reporting the potential abduction and immediately deployed to the Holmfirth area.

The suspect Toyota Celia car was located 15 minutes later and stopped. 

The victim was rescued by officers and Sykes was detained at the scene and arrested.

The 42-year-old was swiftly charged and appeared before magistrates two days later.

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