Newark: Driver threatened with machete after spotting fuel being stolen from parked lorry on A1
A driver who spotted fuel being stolen from a parked lorry on the A1 discovered his that he was also a target before being threatened with a machete.
The driver saw a group of men siphoning from another vehicle before finding his lorry's petrol had already been taken.
Officers are appealing for information and witnesses following a theft on Monday evening. It happened on the A1 northbound in the second layby after the OK Diner.
It was reported the offenders left in a vehicle across the fields to Ossington.
Police Sergeant Christian Hurley, leading the investigation, said: "The force was called following a report of a group of men stealing fuel from a lorry parked on the dual carriageway.
"We received a call that fuel was stole from a lorry by siphoning the fuel. It was also reported that the caller was threatened with a machete.
"The caller also reported that a second lorry was also targeted, with both their petrol tanks drained. It was reported that the offenders left in a vehicle across the fields to Ossington.
"We are appealing to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to get in touch. We are also asking for anyone who may have dashcam footage to call 101, quoting incident number 821 of September 28, 2020.
"As part of Operation Magna, we are increasing patrols on the A1 and also engaging with HGV drivers to use nominated lorry parked where possible which are secure."