CCTV sought in hunt for knifeman who terrorised woman driver

Police are hunting a knifeman who forced a woman to drive him along the A3

Police are hunting a knifeman who forced a woman to drive him along the A3

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Police today continued their hunt for a knifeman who terrorised a woman driver, hoping that CCTV images could give them a vital breakthrough.

The knife-weilding man wearing a balaclava jumped into the woman’s car in Leigh Park on Thursaday night, and forced her to drive north along the A3 before getting out and running off.

Police are reviewing cameras on the road but also hope that businesses owners and householders along the route who have their own CCTV will come forward.

Det Sgt Mark Huxford said: ‘If anyone has private CCTV in their businesses or premises along that area, please let us know as this could be a source of evidence.’

The victim, in her 20s, was driving her silver Land Rover on Thursday night at 8.20pm and pulled up in Purbrook Way, just past Botley Drive, Leigh Park, to get a stone out of her shoe.

Suddenly the masked man jumped into the passenger seat, got out what looked like a knife and forced her to drive north on the A3.

As they reached Hindhead the man, who stank of whisky and cannabis, told her to turn back around and drive.

He told her to stop at junction three of the A3 at Waterlooville and he ran back across fields to Leigh Park.

Nothing was stolen and the woman was left shaken but uninjured.

Det Sgt Huxford said: ‘This was obviously a very alarming incident for the victim and we have launched an investigation to identify and find this man as quickly as possible.

‘This is a very rare type of crime, but one which may naturally cause some concern among the community.

‘I’d encourage people not to be alarmed but just remain alert and take the simple precaution of keeping your doors locked.

‘I would ask anyone who recognises the description or knows who this man is to contact us straight away on 101 and quote Operation Tile.’

The man is 5ft 8in, medium build, mid to late-20s, mixed race and spoke with an east London accent.

He was wearing a balaclava, dark knitted jumper with a zip to the neck, jeans and he was carrying a small blue rucksack.

The woman had been in the Parchment Makers pub in Havant with friends before she drove back home before the incident.

Extra high-visibility patrols have been put on by police in Leigh Park so members of the public can speak to officers if needed.

Alternatively contact the Leigh Park Neighbourhood Policing team on 101 or via Twitter.

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