Hereford & Worcester

Lorry driver in five-hour hijack ordeal

Bogus vehicle inspection officials hijacked a lorry in Worcestershire, forced the driver to go to Cheshire and then stole his £100,000 cargo.

The men, wearing fluorescent jackets, flagged the lorry down late on Sunday on the A435 in Redditch and threatened the 62-year-old from Rugby.

At about 0200 GMT he was told to stop in a layby on the A50 in Knutsford.

He was tied up as the men stole his trailer of chewing gum and lozenges. He later contacted police.

West Mercia Police said although the driver was not hurt in the incident, he was shocked by his ordeal.

'Offenders noticeable'

A gang of at least five men tied up the driver in his cab and left him on Holmes Chapel Road at about midnight, police said.

He eventually managed to free himself and contacted police at around 0520 GMT after flagging down a passing motorist.

Det Sgt Steve Cook said: "The hijacking of this lorry was obviously meticulously planned and we know a gang of at least five men was involved.

"We urgently need to speak to anyone who may have been on the A435 near the Alcester Road junction who may have seen any suspicious activity there."

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