Masked man forced woman to drive miles at knife-point in Leigh Park car-jacking

The north and south bound carriageways were closed by police
The north and south bound carriageways were closed by police

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A MAN wearing a balaclava jumped into a woman’s car, threatened her with a knife and forced her to drive before getting out and running off.

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

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 the pair reached Hindhead the man, who smelled of whisky and cannabis, told her to turn around and drive back.

He told her to stop at junction 3 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.

Detective Sergeant Mark 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 would encourage people not to be alarmed but just remain alert and take the simple precaution of keeping your doors locked when you drive.

‘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 carrying a small blue rucksack.

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

Det Sgt Mark Huxford added: ‘Officers are out searching along the area of the crime scene on the A3 today and reviewing CCTV, but if anyone has private CCTV in their businesses or premises along that area, please let us know as this could be a source of vital evidence.’