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Witness appeal over attempted car jacking near Oswestry

Oswestry | Crime | Published:

Police have appealed for help in tracing two people who attempted to rob a driver on a country lane near Oswestry.

Paul Cooke was left with friction burns to his neck and shock when he was attacked when he stopped to help a woman on the back road from Oswestry towards Glyn Ceiriog near Llechrydau.

The incident happened at about 8.30pm on June 7.

Police today described the attack as a nasty incident.

Constable Diane Langford for West Mercia Police, said the victim was on an unnamed road which is located just off the B4580 crossroads signposted for the Racecourse.

"He saw a woman looking distressed walking in his direction not far from where a blue Ford Focus was parked in a layby.

"He stopped and wound down his window to speak to the woman. At that point that someone believed to be an unknown man, opened his driver side door and restrained him with his seat belt.

"At the same time the unknown woman has opened the passenger door. The victim believed they were there to steal items from him. He managed to take control of his vehicle and has driven away without anything being stolen."

Police say the woman is described as around 5ft 8 ins in height, of a slim build with blonde hair. She was wearing a blue puffa style jacket and had what is believed to be a European accent.

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"This was a nasty incident that was very distressing for the victim. We are still trying to piece together exactly what happened and would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to please come forward. If you have any information that could assist with the investigation, please call West Mercia on 101, quoting incident number 819s of 7 June 2017.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided anonymously to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, via 0800 555 111 or their website.

"We would remind drivers to be vigilant at all times and if you see another driver in distress, to report this to police by calling 999."

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
Chief Reporter

Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.

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