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27th Jan 2022

Horrifying CCTV footage shows woman being kidnapped by her boyfriend

Ellen Fitzpatrick


*Content warning: This article contains references to domestic violence.*

Terrifying CCTV footage has been released by police in the UK showing a woman being kidnapped by her own boyfriend.

The incident was captured only moments before she sustained life-changing injuries.

19 year old Angel Lynn was discovered by police lying on the A6 near Loughborough after she had fallen from a van that she had been dragged into by her boyfriend moments before.

The footage showed 20 year old Chay Bowskill kidnapping Angel and putting her into a silver van in Mountsorrel on 17th September 2020. Police have released the footage to raise awareness of coercive and controlling behaviour.

The van was travelling nearly 100km per hour when Angel fell from it, suffering a fractured skull and severe brain injuries, and is now unable to walk or talk.

Bowskill and his friend Rocco Sansome, 20, who was in the van at the time, were both sentenced, with Bowskill set to serve a total of seven-and-a-half years in prison and Sansome sentenced to 21 months.

Bowskill was also convicted with coercive and controlling behaviour and perverting the course of justice and found not guilty to a charge of grievous bodily harm.

In a statement, Angel’s father 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.”

If you have been affected by anything in this article, contact Women’s Aid at 1800 341 900.