Police investigating after attempted knife attack on van driver in Northampton

The offenders tried to get into the van as it stopped at traffic lights.

Monday, 16th November 2020, 2:19 pm
Updated Monday, 16th November 2020, 2:22 pm
The incident happened at the traffic lights next to Aldi on Kingsthorpe Road, Northampton.

A van driver sped off after stopping at traffic lights in Northampton when two men - one of them believed to have been armed with knife - tried to get into his van, police have revealed.

Northamptonshire Police say the incident happened at the junction in Kingsthorpe Road between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday, October 25. They released an appeal for witnesses today, Monday November 16.

The incident took place when the driver of a black Volkswagen Caddy van was driving towards the town centre when he stopped at the traffic lights next to the Aldi store.

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A white Vauxhall Corsa van pulled up behind the black van and, whilst the traffic lights were on red, the driver and occupant exited their vehicle and approached the van in front.

One of the offenders is believed to have had a large knife and the other offender attempted to open the passenger door.

The driver of the black van drove away at speed.

A spokesperson for Northamptonshire Police said: “The first offender was a black male, five foot and nine inches and of an average build. He was wearing dark clothing and a woolly hat.

“The second offender was a white male, five foot and eight inches with short ginger hair and a short ginger beard. He was of a scruffy appearance and wore a hi-vis type jacket.”

Anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101 quoting reference number 20000563752. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555111.

A 37-year-old man from Northampton has been arrested in connection with this incident and has been released under investigation.