Search

Car-jacking victim appeals for return of vehicle

PUBLISHED: 12:01 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:41 03 January 2018

Police are appealing for information following a car-jacking in Fritton Woods. Photo: Nick Butcher

Police are appealing for information following a car-jacking in Fritton Woods. Photo: Nick Butcher

Archant © 2008

A close-knit community has expressed its shock after a man was robbed of his car at knife-point in a leafy country lane.

The car-jacking happened on New Years Eve close to Waveney Forest, a well-known nature haven and dog-walking spot.

Police are calling it “a one off” and say there is no danger to the wider public.

It is believed the offenders have left the county.

Meanwhile the victim has appealed through social media for the return of his black Vauxhall Astra and told his followers he was “shocked.”

He said: “A man decided to put a knife to my throat and take my car with everything in. Please keep an eye out for my car although I’m sure it’s long gone.”

Parish councillor for Fritton Keith Nunn said: “I should think it would be very frightening for those involved.”

Two suspects reportedly pulled a knife on a young couple close to Fritton Woods, also know as Waveney Forest, at around 7-7.30pm on New Year’s Eve, before stealing the vehicle.

They were told to get out of the car and the suspects then drove off in the man’s black Vauxhall Astra, leaving him shocked.

A police spokesman said it was believed the suspects were also responsible for a burglary in New Road which leads to the woods just before the car-jacking when electrical items were stolen from a house.

The location of the Astra is a police priority.

Insp Paul McCarthy of Yarmouth police moved to assure the public there was no wider danger.

Officers, were, he said, actively seeking those responsible and it was believed the offenders had left the county.

He urged anyone who saw the black Astra to contact Yarmouth CID.

Keith Nunn, parish councillor and former chairman of Fritton with St Olaves Parish Council said he was shocked to hear about the violent crime on his doorstep, adding: “It is not something you expect to happen here. I should think it would have been very frightening.”

New Road is a leafy, narrow track leading to Waveney Forest.

The woods are listed as an amenity but public access to the car park has been shut off for around three years.

Consequently people park on the verges close to homes to access the woods.

Anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area between the times stated, or has seen the black Astra since should contact DC Beth Burton at Yarmouth CID on 101.

It is understood the car could have a dent on the rear, where the suspects reversed into a tree as they drove away.

It’s registration plate is AY58 HFN.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Other News

16 minutes ago

A link-up partnership between a sixth form college in Gorleston and a primary school will see youngsters form bonds with teenage students.

50 minutes ago

A large crowd has gathered in Great Yarmouth town centre to witness the opening of a Poundstretcher store in Regent Road.

Two care homes have organised public events for this Saturday.

The A47 Beaufort Way roundabout in Gorleston is to be closed for five nights from Monday between 8pm and 6am for surface improvement and traffic light installation work

Most Read

Yesterday, 06:31

The Acle Staight has reopened after a serious crash on the A47, which came just hours after another involving nine vehicles.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:18

Five people were taken to hospital and a cow was killed in a crash on the A47, which saw the road closed for 11 hours.

Read more
James Paget Hospital
Wed, 09:04

A Poundstretcher store will be opening in Great Yarmouth town centre on Friday with a range of bargain price giveaways for the first customers through its doors.

Read more
Sunday, April 15, 2018

Police have closed a section of road along North Drive in Yarmouth.

Read more

A judge warned that the carrying of weapons added to the gravity of any drug dealing offences after two men admitted their role in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin in Norfolk.

Read more
Anthony Bate

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 6°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter