Lorry driver kidnapped at knifepoint on A31 in New Forest

Daily Echo: Lorry driver kidnapped at knifepoint Lorry driver kidnapped at knifepoint

A LORRY driver was kidnapped at knife point in a terrifying hijack on a major Hampshire road.

The hijack happened after what seemed to be a road rage incident on the A31 in the New Forest.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident last night as they urge other lorry drivers to be vigilant.

They say between 7.30pm and 8.30pm a woman driver flashed her headlights at a Southampton-bound 40 foot white unmarked articulated lorry.

The driver, a 36-year-old Hertfordshire man, pulled into a lay-by between Picket Post and junction one of the M27 at Cadnam.

The woman driver who was white and in her twenties, wearing black leggings and a dark top, accused the lorry driver of damaging her mid-blue saloon car, and they started to argue.

But then a white vehicle pulled up behind the lorry, and several men got out.

One man threatened the lorry driver with a knife and forced him to drive his own lorry towards Oxfordshire.

The man was described as at least six feet tall, stocky, with short dark hair and wearing a boiler suit.

The lorry was later recovered in Northamptonshire, near junction 18 of the M1.

Its cargo was missing but the driver was not injured.

Detective Inspector Ellie Hurd, of Western Area CID, said police want to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident in the lay-by. She said: “We particularly want to hear from anyone who was driving along this section of the A31 between 7.30pm and 8.30pm, if they think they witnessed this incident.

“Passing motorists may have thought they were witnessing a road rage incident between the drivers of the lorry and the other vehicles in the lay-by. It would appear that this was simply a means to bring about the hi-jacking of the lorry.”

Det Insp Hurd added: “We also want to alert lorry drivers to this situation and warn them to be wary of any similar incidents. Our advice to them would be to stay in the cab with the doors locked.”

“I also want to reassure the public that, at this time, we believe this to be an isolated incident.”

Anyone who saw the vehicles in the lay-by or who witnessed the altercation is asked to contact Det Insp Hurd at Southampton Central on 101 or call the Crimestoppers anonymous charity line on 0800 555 111. Minicom users should ring 01962 875000.

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6:35pm Tue 10 Jul 12

Marchwood dog man says...

I wonder what was the cargo.
I wonder what was the cargo. Marchwood dog man

7:00pm Tue 10 Jul 12

thankfully not a PO postcode says...

and how they knew it had any load at all ......
and how they knew it had any load at all ...... thankfully not a PO postcode

7:11pm Tue 10 Jul 12

jazzi says...

Hope the driver recovers and is able to continue his job. I am a daughter and ex of lorry driver. I bet this is down to admin and talk too much girlfriend. Heard so many stories over the years. You would be surprised to know how many company owners rob from themselves to claim on insurances. Not a job I would like to do.
Hope the driver recovers and is able to continue his job. I am a daughter and ex of lorry driver. I bet this is down to admin and talk too much girlfriend. Heard so many stories over the years. You would be surprised to know how many company owners rob from themselves to claim on insurances. Not a job I would like to do. jazzi

7:35pm Tue 10 Jul 12

acid drop says...

thankfully not a PO postcode wrote:
and how they knew it had any load at all ......
inside information maybe
[quote][p][bold]thankfully not a PO postcode [/bold] wrote: and how they knew it had any load at all ......[/p][/quote]inside information maybe acid drop

7:49pm Tue 10 Jul 12

philiprhampton says...

Unmarked truck ( was it a Frigo?)Hmm no clue of cargo, still stranger things have happened.
Unmarked truck ( was it a Frigo?)Hmm no clue of cargo, still stranger things have happened. philiprhampton

7:55pm Tue 10 Jul 12

opera phantom says...

I had my truck stolen back in the sixties even though it was locked. It was loaded with cigarettes and sweets. It was found abandoned a few hours later minus the cigarettes. I was asked to go to the police station to help with their enquiries.
When I got there I was really given the hard stuff because I was suspected of being involved.
A most unpleasant experience I can assure you. I was furious at the way I was treated. Not long after they told be I was not a suspect and free to go.
Apparently in cases like this the driver of the vehicle stolen is by
logic a suspect until the police find other wise. So I know what that driver will be going through and how he will feel if innocent.
The interview will be different now because it is all taped, but I was treated like s..t. It really was the good cop, bad cop routine.
I had my truck stolen back in the sixties even though it was locked. It was loaded with cigarettes and sweets. It was found abandoned a few hours later minus the cigarettes. I was asked to go to the police station to help with their enquiries. When I got there I was really given the hard stuff because I was suspected of being involved. A most unpleasant experience I can assure you. I was furious at the way I was treated. Not long after they told be I was not a suspect and free to go. Apparently in cases like this the driver of the vehicle stolen is by logic a suspect until the police find other wise. So I know what that driver will be going through and how he will feel if innocent. The interview will be different now because it is all taped, but I was treated like s..t. It really was the good cop, bad cop routine. opera phantom

8:19pm Tue 10 Jul 12

jazzi says...

opera phantom wrote:
I had my truck stolen back in the sixties even though it was locked. It was loaded with cigarettes and sweets. It was found abandoned a few hours later minus the cigarettes. I was asked to go to the police station to help with their enquiries.
When I got there I was really given the hard stuff because I was suspected of being involved.
A most unpleasant experience I can assure you. I was furious at the way I was treated. Not long after they told be I was not a suspect and free to go.
Apparently in cases like this the driver of the vehicle stolen is by
logic a suspect until the police find other wise. So I know what that driver will be going through and how he will feel if innocent.
The interview will be different now because it is all taped, but I was treated like s..t. It really was the good cop, bad cop routine.
Hence why I said hope the driver able to continue his job x
[quote][p][bold]opera phantom[/bold] wrote: I had my truck stolen back in the sixties even though it was locked. It was loaded with cigarettes and sweets. It was found abandoned a few hours later minus the cigarettes. I was asked to go to the police station to help with their enquiries. When I got there I was really given the hard stuff because I was suspected of being involved. A most unpleasant experience I can assure you. I was furious at the way I was treated. Not long after they told be I was not a suspect and free to go. Apparently in cases like this the driver of the vehicle stolen is by logic a suspect until the police find other wise. So I know what that driver will be going through and how he will feel if innocent. The interview will be different now because it is all taped, but I was treated like s..t. It really was the good cop, bad cop routine.[/p][/quote]Hence why I said hope the driver able to continue his job x jazzi

8:19pm Tue 10 Jul 12

Mr Ricky says...

As a retired international trucker, we were always on the lookout for this sort of thing in Italy, but not in the UK. Were the hi-jackers British, and what was the load?
As a retired international trucker, we were always on the lookout for this sort of thing in Italy, but not in the UK. Were the hi-jackers British, and what was the load? Mr Ricky

9:18pm Tue 10 Jul 12

opera phantom says...

jazzi wrote:
opera phantom wrote:
I had my truck stolen back in the sixties even though it was locked. It was loaded with cigarettes and sweets. It was found abandoned a few hours later minus the cigarettes. I was asked to go to the police station to help with their enquiries.
When I got there I was really given the hard stuff because I was suspected of being involved.
A most unpleasant experience I can assure you. I was furious at the way I was treated. Not long after they told be I was not a suspect and free to go.
Apparently in cases like this the driver of the vehicle stolen is by
logic a suspect until the police find other wise. So I know what that driver will be going through and how he will feel if innocent.
The interview will be different now because it is all taped, but I was treated like s..t. It really was the good cop, bad cop routine.
Hence why I said hope the driver able to continue his job x
I sincerely hope that you don't think I was having a go about your comment. I can assure you I was not. It's just that this story brought back unpleasant memories for me and assuming that the driver is innocent I wish him well.
[quote][p][bold]jazzi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]opera phantom[/bold] wrote: I had my truck stolen back in the sixties even though it was locked. It was loaded with cigarettes and sweets. It was found abandoned a few hours later minus the cigarettes. I was asked to go to the police station to help with their enquiries. When I got there I was really given the hard stuff because I was suspected of being involved. A most unpleasant experience I can assure you. I was furious at the way I was treated. Not long after they told be I was not a suspect and free to go. Apparently in cases like this the driver of the vehicle stolen is by logic a suspect until the police find other wise. So I know what that driver will be going through and how he will feel if innocent. The interview will be different now because it is all taped, but I was treated like s..t. It really was the good cop, bad cop routine.[/p][/quote]Hence why I said hope the driver able to continue his job x[/p][/quote]I sincerely hope that you don't think I was having a go about your comment. I can assure you I was not. It's just that this story brought back unpleasant memories for me and assuming that the driver is innocent I wish him well. opera phantom

11:44pm Tue 10 Jul 12

Poppy22 says...

Nasty!
Nasty! Poppy22

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