Child, 12, had blanket thrown over head as they were abducted after months of ‘grooming’

Ava Jones, 28, and Trevor Carr, 40, drove the 12-year-old 120 miles from a Wigan North railway station to a campsite in North Wales – they both pleaded guilty and were jailed for more than two years

The child was driven from a Wigan North train station to a Wakes campsite

A child was abducted by two people who threw a blanket over their head and told them to turn their phone off so they wouldn’t be tracked.

Ava Jones, 28, and Trevor Carr, 40, drove the 12-year-old, who was wearing a school uniform at the time, 120 miles from a Wigan North railway station to a campsite in North Wales.

Police rang while they were in the car and the child screamed before Jones put a hand over their mouth.

Jones told police her name was David Jones and that she was camping in Ireland, Manchester Evening News reports.

Detectives tracked Jones’ phone to Fferm Cedris Farm Campsite in Abergynolwyn, North Wales.

Jones had pitched a tent and was staying in it with the child in separate sleeping bags.

Jones and Carr both pleaded guilty to abduction and each was jailed for more than two years.

Ava Jones pleaded guilty and was jailed for two years and two months



Trevor Carr pleaded guilty and was jailed for two years



The child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, started speaking with Jones in September of last year, prosecution barrister Matthew Curtis told Bolton Crown Court.

Their early conversations mostly revolved around anime – a Japanese animation – and they also discussed gender identity, the court heard.

The child’s grandmother had discovered the conversations with Jones and told her to stop. She also warned Jones that what she was doing was “grooming” and threatened legal action.

When the victim didn’t return home from school on October 4, the mum reported her child missing.

She also found a note in the child’s bedroom which mentioned a gray Ford Focus Estate and Wigan North Western railway station.

Jones told police “there’s another gentleman involved as well” and they found Carr sleeping in his car at a campsite near Minffordd.

During the police interview, Jones attempted to blame Carr, claiming to be scared around him and saying that they had previously had a relationship.

The child was found 120 miles away


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Jones admitted to talking to the victim for two months. She said the child’s nan knew they were in contact and claimed she and the victim’s mum had given their consent for the trip.

She said that the child wanted to run away to Wales and claimed she didn’t know she was breaking the law and knew the child’s age when she saw a PE kit in the tent.

Carr stated that he had not planned to abduct the child and said he had not had any contact with the victim until they met in his car. He said it was Jones who asked him to drive from Wales to Wigan to collect the child.

Jones, of no fixed abode, and Carr, of Bootle, both pleaded guilty to abduction on the basis that the offense was not sexually motivated.

The court heard that the child did not report any sexualized conversations or state that any sexualized photographs had been shared.

In a victim’s statement, the child said: “My anxiety has got a lot worse. I’ve lost a lot of friends.”

The child also said that they “cry for hours on end” when they think about the incident and have since self-harmed.

The victim’s mum added that before the abduction, the child was “lovely” but is now “distant.”

Defense barrister Kevin Liston described Jones as a “complex character with a number of mental health issues.”

Mr Liston described the offense as “amateur” and “unsophisticated”, and the relationship with the victim as “inappropriate” and “misguided”.

Defending Carr, Steven Swift made reference to the lack of relevant previous convictions and also stressed that Carr had been uncomfortable with the situation and had argued with Jones about it.

Judge Tom Gilbart jailed Jones for two years and two months. Meanwhile, Carr was sentenced to two years behind bars.

He said: “This is a deeply troubling case in which you both behaved in a bizarre and unsettling way. Adolescence is an uncertain time for many, often filled with insecurity and concerns about identity and you, Ava Jones, preyed upon the insecurities of your victim.

“Your behavior in the build-up to the offense can be categorized as grooming. You knew full well what you were doing was wrong.

“Trevor Carr, you at least to some extent sought to distance yourself. However you’re both responsible for something that is obviously and seriously wrong – you abducted a child – away from home.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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