M42 lorry driver kidnapped by robbers

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A lorry driver was kidnapped in a robbery at a motorway services in Worcestershire, police have revealed.

Officers said "a number of men" bundled the driver into another vehicle at about 13:15 BST on Thursday at Hopwood Service Station on the M42.

They then stole his lorry, containing a large amount of cash, before it was later tracked down by police.

Two men, arrested in the Alvechurch area and in Birmingham, continue to be questioned by officers.

A police spokesman said several men were believed to have approached the driver of a Mercedes lorry that was carrying cash and then grabbed him as he was parked up having a break.

Cash recovered

"The driver was bundled into another vehicle and one of the offenders got into the lorry," the spokesman said.

"The lorry was then driven in convoy with two other vehicles - a white Ford Transit van and a black Audi estate - from the lorry park at Hopwood to Alvechurch railway station."

"The white Ford Transit van was left at Alvechurch railway station and the stolen lorry and the black Audi estate - which is described as being very shiny - were driven a short distance to Sandhills Green, where the contents of the lorry were unloaded.

"Police officers had already been alerted to this incident and quickly traced the vehicles to the railway station and nearby Sandhills Green.

"The kidnapped driver, who was not injured, the Mercedes lorry and the Ford Transit were soon located."

West Mercia Police said cash was also recovered.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact police.

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