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1st July 2016

Truck drivers warned over 'gas attacks'

By Sunday Sun

North truckers have been warned of lorry-jacking where it's believed that victims are gassed before having their vehicles ransacked.

Crooks are targeting overnight rest stops used by long-distance drivers up and down the country for the crime, we can reveal.

They wait until the driver is asleep before spraying commonly available motoring products into the cab through vents or slightly open windows.

Police say this can act like an anaesthetic and throw the sleeping driver into a much deeper slumber, incapacitating him for several hours.

It is then that the thieves strike . . . able to steal from the vehicle without fear of disturbance.

When the driver does eventually wake up he will feel groggy and suffer a severe headache but have little or no recollection of the attack. One North-based lorry driver who did not want to be identified told the Sunday Sun how he has already fallen victim to the crime.

He said: "It happened near Northampton about three weeks ago. I'd been quite tired so I just decided to pull over and catch a few hours.

"I can remember stopping the truck and getting myself comfortable. It must have been about 1am. Next thing I remember was waking up. It was daylight and when I looked at my watch it was after 9am. "

I remember thinking it was strange that I'd slept so long but I thought I may have been coming down with flu or something because my head was pounding. "I got out for some fresh air and when I walked round the back of the trailer I realised I'd been got. I couldn't figure out how I hadn't heard anything.

"It wasn't until I got speaking to some other lads that I found out this was the latest thing. I don't know for definite, but I can only assume I'd been sedated in this way. It's quite frightening really."

A spokesman from Northumbria Police said. "Our whole force has been told about it and will be keeping an eye on the situation. "We would urge all lorry drivers to be extra vigilant.

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