Suffolk

Stolen Ford Transit van driven wrong way down A14

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Image caption The A14 in Suffolk was closed for several hours while police investigated a carjacking and subsequent crash

A stolen van was driven the wrong way down the A14 before crashing, prompting a police search for the driver.

Suffolk Police said the Ford Transit was stolen from a property in The Street, Nacton, at about 05:50 GMT.

It was chased by police and crashed into the central reservation to avoid two oncoming lorries. The driver ran off.

The theft happened 20 minutes after a car-jacking incident in nearby Waldringfield.

In the earlier incident, a red Suzuki Alto was stolen as the owner approached his car.

The vehicle was found at the Nacton property, rammed into a set of gates and set alight.

Image caption A car-jacking in Waldringfield was shortly followed by the theft of a Ford Transit in Nacton

Searches have taken place to find the driver but he has not been found.

Police said a 4x4 believed to have been involved in the Waldringfield incident was located by officers off the A14 at Seven Hills at 08:15 GMT.

The Suzuki Alto owner works for newsagent Bob Chamberlin and was out delivering papers when he was stopped by two men.

Mr Chamberlin said: "He was left stranded but managed to flag down a passing milkman who called the police.

"He's been doing this for more than 10 years now without any problems whatsoever so it's quite a shock to the system.

"He was very subdued and quiet and obviously very shaken up."

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