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Driver subjected to terrifying gang attack.

A MOTORIST was subjected to a terrifying ordeal when a masked gang attacked him in broad daylight in a suburban street before driving off in his car.

The man, 33, from east Durham, was sitting in a blue Vauxhall Vectra parked at the north end of Wantage Road, Carrville, on the outskirts of Durham City when it was struck at the front by an Isuzu Trooper travelling from the direction of Grinstead Way.

A number of men, whose faces were hidden with masks, got out of the 4x4 vehicle. Around the same time an Alpha Romeo pulled up behind the Vectra blocking it in.

A man carrying a hammer then got out of the Alpha Romeo and approached the Vectra before smashing its windscreen with the tool and ordering the victim to get out of the car. The hammer-wielding thug then drove off at speed in the Vectra along Wantage Road towards Broomside Lane, abandoning the Alpha Romeo at the scene.

Detective Constable Steve Smith said that although the victim, a man from east Durham, had been showered in glass, he was not injured.

He added: "This was a very frightening experience for the victim but fortunately he wasn''t hurt."

He appealed to anyone with information about the incident itself or the whereabouts of the Vectra or the Isuzu Trooper to contact Peterlee CID on 0345 6060 365 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 7, 2010
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