Motorist left shaken after attacker forces 22-mile drive across Essex

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A motorist in the Colchester area has been left severely shaken after an attacker climbed into the back of his car and forced him to drive for over half an hour across Essex.

The unnamed motorist was stationary in his car at a roundabout that leads out of the Stanway branch of Sainsbury's when an attacker climbed into the back seats and forced an object into the side of the driver.

The shocked motorist was then hit over the head and ordered to take the attacker to Harwich – a journey of over 22 miles.

Det Con Pete Gartland, of Colchester CID, told Colchester's Gazette News that the driver did what he was told and began motoring along the A12 and A120 towards Harwich before being told to stop by the attacker.

At about 12.40pm, the attacker told the victim to pull up on Harwich Road in Little Oakley where he got out of the car close to Little Oakley Hall and ran off.

"This is an extremely unusual set of circumstances and we are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the man getting into the car," Det Con Pete Gartland told The East Anglian Daily Times.

He added: "The vehicle is a black Ford Focus, with AA Driving School written on the sides. It is quite distinctive and at the time of day this happened there would have been many other motorists and shoppers around."

The police are keen to speak to any witnesses who may have further information on the incident.

Colchester Police said: "If anyone was in the area of Sainsbury's at this time and recalls seeing a white man, of large build, aged around 45, with a chubby face and dark stubble getting into a car at the roundabout we would urge them to get in touch.

"This man was also wearing a blue denim baseball cap, and a grey waterproof jacket, and was around 5ft 10in to 6ft tall."

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.