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Lorry driver hijacked at knifepoint in New Forest

  • 13 July 2012
  • By Hayley Pink

A lorry driver was hijacked at knifepoint in Hampshire on Monday (9 July) and forced to drive his truck to Northamptonshire, where a £700,000 load of cosmetics was stolen.

The truck driver was travelling in a 40ft white, unmarked artic with an 02 registration plate through the New Forest on the A31 between Picket Post and J1 of the M27 at Cadnam.

Between 7.30pm and 8.30pm, a woman driving a mid-blue saloon car, flagged him down by flashing her lights. She accused the 36-year-old Hampshire driver of damaging her car and they started to argue. The female was white, in her 20s, and wearing black leggings and a dark top.

A white vehicle then pulled up behind the lorry and several men got out, one of which threatened the lorry driver with a knife and forced him to drive his truck in the direction of Oxford. The man with the knife was described as being white, at least 6ft tall, stocky, with short dark hair and wearing a boiler suit.

The lorry’s cargo, which contained £700,000 of cosmetics on black-wrapped pallets, was offloaded into another lorry in Northamptonshire, with the hijacked vehicle later abandoned near the village of Crick. A passerby spotted the lorry and released the driver who was restrained in the cab.

The driver was unharmed in the incident.

Detective inspector Ellie Hurd, of Western Area CID, says police want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident in the lay-by. “We particularly want to hear from anyone who was driving along this section of the A31 between 7.30 and 8.30pm, if they think they witnessed this incident.

“We also want to alert lorry drivers to this situation and warn them to be wary of any similar incidents.  Our advice to them would be to stay in the cab with the doors locked,” she said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DI Hurd at Southampton Central police station on 0845 045 45 45 or contact the Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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