Kidnap of boy: man charged

A Halstead man charged with assaulting two boys and kidnapping one of them has appeared in court.

George Sharman, of Colne Road, was arrested in Colchester on Thursday.

He was subsequently charged with two offences of assault against two boys, aged six and nine.

The 28-year-old was also charged with kidnapping the nine-year-old boy.

Sharman appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Saturday for a preliminary hearing.

He was released on conditional bail and is due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on August 12.