Arrests made in carjacking

CHARGES: Det Insp Keith Lee
CHARGES: Det Insp Keith Lee

Two men have appeared in court after two teenagers were allegedly carjacked.

It is alleged the 17-year-old boys were driving around Plungington in Preston trying to find a gym when two men jumped into their car, a Toyota Yaris, as they stopped on Villiers Street.

They are accused of forcing the two friends to drive around streets in the area.

It is alleged they also made threats to them in the car.

The boys were eventually made to get out of the car and it was driven away, police finding it dumped later.

Police, who were called on July 5, said £80 cash and a mobile phone had ben stolen.

Det Insp Keith Lee, of Preston Police, said Matthew Powis, 24, of Ripon Street, Plungington, Preston and Gary Cargill, 30, of Aughton Walk, Preston city centre, were charged after an investigation by detectives at Preston CID.

Both men appeared before Preston Magistrates Court on Monday.

Cargill is accused of two counts of unlawful imprisonment, and two counts of robbery.

Powis faces the same charges and an additional offence of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour towards another man.

They were remanded in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on July 23.

Carjacking incidents in the city are extremely rare, with only a handful reported in the last two years.

Anyone with information can call police on 101.