Kidnapper of girl,10, in Fleetwood cleared of her rape

The rape trial of a man who abducted a 10-year-old girl in Lancashire has been halted after the child decided she did to want to give evidence.

Kevin Holmes, 28, from Coney Avenue in Crosby, Merseyside, has already admitted kidnap, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and sexual assault.

Preston Crown Court had earlier heard how he abducted the girl as she walked near shops close to her Fleetwood home.

Holmes was cleared of rape after the prosecution offered no more evidence.

Richard Haworth, for the prosecution, told the court that the girl did not want to continue with her evidence.

He said the rape case could not proceed as medical evidence alone was not up to the required standard.

During the trial, which began on Monday, the court heard how the girl went to her local shop in Fleetwood at about 1320 BST on 9 May, and was approached by a man standing near a car.

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