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Saturday, 28 November 2020

POLICE APPEAL - After driver held at knifepoint and load stolen at Magna Park

Thames Valley Police - Milton Keynes

We're appealing for witnesses to a robbery in Milton Keynes.

Between the hours of 1.45am and 3.45am yesterday, a lorry driver was parked up outside Magna Park near to John Lewis waiting to unload his trailer.

The driver’s cab was broken into by four men who held him down at knifepoint and then drove him to a layby northbound on the A5 near Caldecotte.

The offenders unloaded most of his trailer into a large van or small truck, between 7.5 and 10 tonnes, and then unhitched the driver’s trailer from his cab.

The offenders kept the driver at knifepoint and drove him in his cab to a layby southbound on the A5 past Little Brickhill before forcing him to walk out into the woods.

The driver’s cab was then set alight and was seen burning at 3.45am and police were called.

The victim, who is 37, was unhurt during the ordeal.

The lorry that was robbed was a 40-tonne Man truck with a white cab and a white and blue trailer and the offender’s vehicle was a van or truck, but the colour is not known.

A large quantity of Bose electrical items was stolen during the incident.

The offenders are all described as white men.

One was between 5ft and 5ft 2ins tall, of slim build and aged between 25 and 30-years-old. He was wearing black clothing with a hood up and a black facemask. He was carrying two knives.

The second offender was between 5ft 7ins and 6ft tall of slim to medium build and aged between 30 and 35-years-old.

He was wearing light coloured cargo trousers, a black jacket and hood with a black face mask.

The third offender was around 6ft tall, of slim build and aged between 35 and 40-years-old and was wearing all black with a face covering.

The fourth offender was between 5ft 7ins and 6ft tall, slim build and wearing dark clothing and a facemask.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Jo Hudson of the Priority Crime Team based at Milton Keynes police station, said: “This was a distressing ordeal for the victim, who thankfully was not injured as a result of the incident.

“I am appealing to anybody who was in the vicinity of Magna Park or travelling along the A5 between Caldecotte and Little Brickhill between 1.45am and 3.45am and believe that they witnessed any suspicious activity to please make contact with police.

“I’m particularly keen to hear from anybody who has dash-cam in their vehicles to please check this and contact police on the 24-hour non-emergency number 101 if it has captured anything that can assist this investigation.

“Similarly, if anybody has been offered any Bose electrical goods or has any information into this robbery, please get in touch, quoting reference number 43200393163.

“You can also make a report online, or for 100% anonymity, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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