Child abduction charge man remanded

John Bush
John Bush

A man charged with the abduction of a 14-year-old Doncaster schoolgirl has been remanded in custody - and will appear at court again next month in Sheffield.

John Derek Bush, aged 35, did not enter a plea to one charge of child abduction, nor to a charge of making off without paying for two hotel rooms in Melton Mowbray, at the 15-minute hearing at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court.

Chair of the bench Carmen Thompson told Bush the case would be sent to crown court, and the next hearing would take place on July 1 in Sheffield.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, went missing from her school in Doncaster last Monday.

She was found by police at Euston station in London four days later on Friday.

The teen remains in the care of Doncaster Council.

Bush, of Moss Road, Askern, Doncaster, appeared before magistrates wearing a plain navy blue T-shirt.

He shook his head as he looked towards the packed public gallery.

He spoke only to confirm his personal details and to indicate that he understood the charges.

Speaking on behalf of Bush, his solicitor, Cedric Hennis, told the bench he would not be making an application for a bail and that Bush would not be indicating a plea at this stage.

As Bush was led out of the court room a woman from the public gallery shouted: “Are you okay?”

Detective Chief Inspector Craig Robinson said: “I would like to thank the media and the public for their help and support with this case.

“If anyone has any further information relating to this investigation, please contact us on 101 quoting incident number 609 of June 10.”