Driver bound and blindfolded by thieves

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A DELIVERY driver was bound and blindfolded in his van after thieves stole the goods he was transporting.

The 22-year-old man managed to raise the alarm after he escaped from the rear of the van, which had been abandoned in a lay-by in Wolvey shortly before 11.30am last Thursday.

The man, who was driving a white Vauxhall Movana van, stopped in a lay-by on the northbound carriageway of the A46 between the Clifford Bridge Island and the M69 to buy a sandwich from a roadside van at 9.50am.

As he got back into his vehicle a white Mercedes sprinter van bearing a partial registration KY56, which was already parked in the lay-by, reversed into his van.

He got out of his cab to speak to the driver and was confronted by two black males, one armed with a knife. He was forced into his own vehicle where his hands and feet were tied up and he was blindfolded.

The van was driven off and finally dumped in the lay-by in Cloudesley Bush lane in Wolvey. The thieves stole the contents of the van, and left leaving him tied up in the rear of the van.

After he managed to raise the alarm the driver was taken to Nuneaton’s George Eliot Hospital for a check-up but has since been released.

Although not physically injured he was suffering from shock following his ordeal.

He has been able to tell police that three black males were involved in the abduction.

A number of the packages stolen from his van were contained in distinctive red and purple bags.

Police would like to hear form anyone who travelled along the A46 towards the M69 on Thursday morning and passed the lay-by around 9.50am.

They would also like to hear form anyone who saw the white Vauxhall Movona van being driven away from the lay-by on the A46, or who anyone with the van in the lay-by on the Cloudsley Bush Lane in Wolvey between 10am – 11.30am on Thursday.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Constable Collette O’Keefe on (01788) 853706 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 where the information can be given anonymously.