Lorry driver punched in the face and robbed at the side of a York road

The layby between the roundabout with the B1224 and Askham Bryan Lane on York's outer ring road. Photograph © Google Street View
1 Feb 2017 @ 2.23 pm
| Crime, News

A lorry driver was attacked and robbed by two men as he was parked next to a busy York road.

The lorry was parked in a layby on the A1237 ring-road between the roundabout with the B1224 and Askham Bryan Lane.

Two men approached the lorry between 8.30pm and 9.10pm on Tuesday night (January 31).

They enticed the driver out of his cab by claiming that the side of his lorry had been slashed, before punching him in the face and stealing his laptop from his cab.

The suspects fled the scene afterwards in a white, short wheelbase Ford Transit van.

The victim was punched in the face a number of times, but declined medical treatment.

Did you see anything?

Police are appealing to anyone who was on York ring road last night and saw a white van and a lorry in the area of the robbery to contact them.

Detective Constable Michael Johnston of York Serious Crime Team, said:

There may have been a number of passing motorists along that stretch of the A1237 who may not have realised that anything untoward was happening.

I appeal to anyone who drove past that area between 8.30pm and 9.10pm to please contact us as they could have information that could assist the investigation.

Police are particularly interested to hear from anyone who noticed a white van parked in the area or who may have followed it to or from the scene of the robbery.

north-yorkshire-police-logo-25How to help the police

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for York Serious Crime Team
Or call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Quote reference number 12170017778