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Lorry driver stabbed in Dorest lay-by

  • 17 July 2012
  • By Hayley Pink

A lorry driver has been stabbed in the stomach while taking a rest stop in a lay-by on the B3092 at Walton Elm, Dorset, yesterday (16 July).

The 35-year old male LGV driver, from Salisbury, had been making deliveries in a blue Mercedes-Benz dropsided lorry, when he pulled over for a break at around 10am and got out of his vehicle.

In an unprovoked attack, the driver received a single stab wound to the stomach and is believed to have fallen unconscious for a short period.

He was taken to Dorset County Hospital and police say his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. The wound was caused by a sharp or bladed object.

Detective inspector Stewart Dipple says: “This is an extremely serious assault and we are working hard to establish what the motive may have been and who may have committed such an attack.

 “The lay-by where this incident occurred is fairly well known as a rest stop for delivery drivers, and is distinctive due to its size for a rural road and the presence of a square red post box mounted on a pole.

“We would like to speak to anyone who was driving or walking past the lay-by at around 10am [on Monday 16 July]. We are particularly keen to identify any vehicles that were parked in the lay-by – I understand that the victim noticed another vehicle parked behind his lorry at the time of the attack.”

No description of the offender is available.

If you have any information that can help, please contact Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 16:121. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.


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