Lorry driver threatened with handgun during A12 lay-by robbery at Witham

Police are appealing for witnesses. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Police are appealing for witnesses. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

A lorry driver was reportedly threatened with a handgun during a robbery in an A12 lay-by in Essex last night.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the incident, which took place in a southbound lay-by at Witham, near Little Braxted Lane, Rivenhall End.

Officers received reports that two men, dressed in dark clothing with their faces covered, approached a lorry around 11.30pm.

One of the men, who was described by the victim as being around 5ft 6in tall and in his early to mid-30s, threatened the lorry driver with what was believed to be a handgun, while the second man broke into the vehicle trailer.

No-one was injured during the incident and police say investigations are ongoing into whether anything was stolen.

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Witnesses or anyone who was driving in the area around the time of the incident and has dashcam footage, are asked to contact Dc Joanne Barlow-truss on 101, quoting incident 1314 of April 23.

Information can also be passed anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information

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