Store manager abducted at gunpoint by raiders

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Detectives were yesterday hunting two gunmen who abducted a supermarket manager and forced him to drive them away after raiding his store.

The 38-year-old store manager was kidnapped at gunpoint after the men called at his home in Swanscombe, Kent, last Friday evening. They forced him to drive them in his car to the Co-op store in Longfield, near Dartford, and once inside ordered him to open the safe while they held a gun to his head.

After stealing pounds 12,000 in takings, the pair fled forcing the store manager to drive into the countryside before they pushed him out of his car and escaped.