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Police appeal for witnesses following attempted robbery on an unnamed road near the B4580, Oswestry

West Mercia Police is appealing for witnesses or information after an attempted robbery took place in Oswestry in the evening hours of Wednesday 7 June.

Around 8:30pm, the victim, a man in his 30s was travelling from Oswestry towards Glyn Ceirog along the B4580. Whilst on an unnamed road which is located just off the crossroads signed posted 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.

It is reported that he stopped and wound down his window to speak to the woman, it is at this point that someone believed to be an unknown man, has 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, has then managed to take control of his vehicle and driven away without anything being stolen.

The offenders are described as:

1)  A white woman, 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.

2) There is no description of the other unknown offender who is believed to be male.

PC Diane Langford for West Mercia Police, said: "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.

"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."

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

Issued: 3:35pm, Friday 16 June 2017, Kieren Bodill, Corporate Communications


Published 16/06/17