Blackburn: Family charged with attempted kidnap of lesbian

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A 54-year-old woman and five of her children have appeared in court charged with the attempted kidnap of a woman who was in a same-sex relationship with one of her daughters.

Sarah Harrison, who is understood to be in a same-sex relationship with Nazma Ditta, was the alleged victim of an attempted kidnap and robbery on  20 June.

CCTV captured the alleged attempted kidnap of Miss Harrison on a Blackburn town centre car park after she finished work at a shopping centre.

Those charged with the crimes are Rani Ditta, 54, from Blackburn, who is the mother of Razma and Nazma Ditta.

Four of the Ditta siblings were charged with robbing shop manager Miss Harrison of her handbag which they were allegedly planning to use to find out where Nazma Ditta was living after running away from the family home.

Rani Ditta, along with her daughter Tosif Ditta, were remanded on bail on a charge of conspiracy to kidnap Sarah Harrison.

Another daughter, Nighat Morris, 38, Bolton, appeared with them charged with the attempted kidnap of Miss Harrison and robbery. She was sent in custody to Preston Crown Court.

The court heard three other siblings, sisters Atfah Ditta, 32, and Ghazala Ditta, 31, and brother Tahmoor Ditta, 26, had already appeared before the court charged with attempted kidnap and robbery and been sent in custody to Preston Crown Court.

An application for their bail was rejected by a judge at the Crown Court.

Rani and Tosif Ditta were bailed with conditions of residence, curfew, the surrender of passports, not to contact prosecution witnesses, not to enter Blackpool where Nazma and Miss Harrison now live and not to enter the Blackburn shopping centre where Miss Harrison works.

All six will appear at the crown court on 10 July.

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