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'Bait lorry' targeted HGV thieves in Lutterworth
January 19, 2012 - By BBC News

Leicestershire Police worked alongside Truckpol to catch gangs who target HGV lorries for theft of the vehicle or goods.

The force used a lorry filled with fake goods and covert equipment to alert Police if anyone tried to break into the vehicle.

The vehicle was parked in lay-by on the A5, which has seen numerous thefts over the last three years, some by curtain slashing and others by hijacking. The vehicle was not targeted in the time it was in the lay-by.
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Mobsters target Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 launch
November 08, 2011 - By The Sun

2 lorries in Paris, France were hijacked by masked men who stole £250,000 worth of the game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

The first lorry was crashed into by another vehicle, which resulted in the driver leaving his cab to inspect the damage, whereupon the thieves used tear-gas on the driver to steal the lorry.

The second lorry was targeted just an hour later. The thieves reportedly stole 6,000 games from the 2 hijacks.
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Lorry hijacked in Warrington
August 23, 2011 - By Gary Stewart, Liverpool Echo

A lorry driver was bound with cable ties and left in the back of his cab when 2 masked hijackers stopped his vehicle.

The men, both wearing balaclava's, stood in front of the lorry, forcing the driver to stop his vehicle on the A579 Winwick Lane, Warrington.

The driver was not injured and was dumped in the St. Helens area. The hijackers made off with half of the load.
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City Link falls victim to Hatfield van hijack
May 16, 2011 - By Joanna Bourke, Roadtransport

The driver of a City Link van was pushed from his seat by hijackers, just after he had left the A1M sliproad and making his way towards Hatfield.

There were 2 hijackers involved and they used another vehicle to force the van to stop, whereby they entered the driver's compartment.

Other hijack's are also listed on the road transport site where information about any of them can be provided to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Walsall man who hijacked £6million-worth of lorries ordered to pay back £89,000 with accomplice
March 30, 2011 - By Fionnuala Bourke, Birmingham Mail

Two men who were part of a gang of hijackers and who targeted 40 vehicles with violent measures such as using baseball bats, have been jailed and ordered to pay back some of the money they stole.

37-year-old Peter Saunders and 29-year-old Leigh Astbury were jailed for a collective period of 16 years after hijacking lorry loads worth £6million.

Both drivers admitted in court to "conspiracy to rob" but argued they did not undertake any violent behaviour towards the lorry drivers. This was in spite of "machetes, knuckle-dusters and baseball bats" being found at their homes after a police raid.
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Police reveal ‘most wanted’
February 23, 2011 - By The York Press

10 criminal’s identities have been released, who police believe to be hiding in the Costa del Sol (dubbed 'Costa del Crime') in Spain.

One of these men is 36-year-old, Darren Kevin O'Flaherty, who is wanted on "conspiracy to kidnap and rob" after a lorry was hijacked in Londonderry Lorry Park, near Bedale.

The driver of an Iveco box van was confronted by masked men as he slept in his cab, which was driven to Merseyside in 2006, where the lorry was torched.
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Masked gang in A1 lorry hijack
October 15, 2010 - By David Kessen, The Star

A 30-year-old man and his vehicle were hijacked after three thugs burst into his lorry after smashing their way in through one of the windows.

The driver was then forced to go along with them as the lorry was driven north up the A1 onto Grovehall Lane, close to junction 33 of the M62 motorway.

A quantity of designer Barbour jackets were stolen from the lorry and, it is believed, transferred onto two waiting vehicles.
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Armed kidnap gang in Flintshire lorry hijack
February 17, 2010 - By BBC News

An armed and hooded gang have hijacked a lorry carrying sportswear, and threatened and kidnapped the driver after forcing him into another vehicle.

The driver was released an hour later 40 miles (64km) away, and the lorry was found burnt-out, its load missing.

North Wales Police are hunting the robbers, who struck at about 0800 GMT on the Deeside Industrial Estate.
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Crimewatch reconstructs Lancashire lorry hijack
March 09,2009 - By BBC Crimewatch

At around 1pm on 9 March 2009, a lorry was hijacked as it approached a roundabout on Bluebell Way in Preston, Lancashire. The lorry cabin was pulling a 40ft trailer, containing high-value spools of copper wire used for the automotive industry.

The lorry driver stopped when a blue Peugeot 406 Saloon swerved in front of his vehicle. Two men jumped out of the car. Both were wearing suits with high-visibility jackets over the top and carrying clipboards with the distinctive VOSA (Vehicle Operating Services Authority) label on them. The driver of the Peugeot remained in the car.

The driver was forced to drive more than 100 miles to St Anne's Road in Bloxwich, Walsall and told to park up. Here, another lorry unit and driver arrived and disconnected his trailer, making away with the cargo of copper wire.
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Crimewatch - How to spot a VOSA official and how to reduce risk of hijacking
By BBC Crimewatch

BBC Crimewatch has provided information about how to tell if someone is a VOSA official after the increase of lorry hijacks in the UK and, in particular, where one occurred by men pretending to be VOSA officials.

Advice is given to managers to prevent hijacks, by explaining how important the recruitment stage is and how busy times of the year can cause problems.

Advice is also available for the drivers themselves by explaining measures they can take to protect themselves, such as always having the doors locked when they are in the cab.
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Truck Hijacking
By Wikipedia

Wikipedia entry, giving an explanation as to what truck hijacking means.
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