Havant man charged with robbery as police ask for witnesses’ help

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A MAN has been charged with robbery, attempted kidnap and driving offences.

Benjamin Peace, 22, of Curdridge Close, Havant, was charged with robbery, attempted kidnap, two counts of common assault, dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, driving with no licence, failing to provide a specimen of breath and possessing a bladed article in a public place.

It comes after a man was reported to have crashed a stolen Fiat into a stationary BMW on the A259 near Apuldram at around 2.10pm on December 23.

The driver and passenger of the BMW were threatened and pushed by a man who left the scene along Apuldram Lane.

A 75-year-old man was then threatened in his garden in Apuldram Lane and his Volvo was stolen.

Officers found the car near the Manhood Peninsula at around 2.30pm, but the driver refused to stop.

Shortly afterwards he was seen again and failed to stop a second time.

The car crashed through a gate in Locks Way, Birdham, and ended up stuck in a ditch.

Any witnesses are asked to e-mail 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 756 of 23/12.

Peace appeared before Brighton magistrates on Saturday, Sussex police said in a statement.

He did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody to be sent for trial at Chichester Crown Court.

He is due in that court on January 22.