Delivery driver is robbed of takings in Leigh Park raid

Assistant Chief Constable Scott Chilton and District Commander Superintendent Maggie Blyth. Picture: Malcolm Wells

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A TAKEAWAY delivery driver was threatened with violence and robbed of cash in Leigh Park.

The 59-year-old driver was delivering a Chinese meal to a house in Hurstbourne Close.

He was approached by a man, who threatened to hurt him if he did not hand over money.

Fearing for his safety, the victim, a 59-year-old man from Waterlooville, handed over his cash, which police said was not a significant amount.

The suspect then took the victim’s car keys and walked off towards Brockenhurst Avenue.

He fled the scene without taking the takeaway delivery car.

Police said the robbery had left the victim shocked.

Detective Constable Deborah Alexander, from Waterlooville CID, said: ‘Thankfully the victim was not injured during this incident but he was left shaken and upset.

‘I would like to hear from anyone who was in the area of Hurstbourne Close, Brockenhurst Avenue and Botley Drive.’

The robbery happened at between 7.30pm and 7.40pm last Friday, although details have only just been released.

Police have carried out door-to-door enquiries, but are still looking for more information.

The victim declined to speak to The News.

Richard Brown, a councillor for Warren Park who lives nearby in Botley Drive, said: ‘It’s a bit of shock but I’m glad he was not hurt.

‘Leigh Park has been relatively crime-free for a while and things have been getting a lot better lately.

‘You don’t hear of robberies like this any more – this is the first one in a long time.

‘We have got to stop these things happening.

‘I just hope the gentleman is okay.’

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Det Con Alexander at Waterlooville police station by phoning 101.

Information can be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A 22-year-old man from Havant has been arrested on suspicion of robbery.

He has been bailed to return to Waterlooville police station on Wednesday, November 7 pending further inquiries.