Robbers abduct driver at knifepoint

A DRIVER has been kidnapped, bashed and robbed by two men who jumped into his car and forced him to drive them to a rest area off the M1 near Lismore, in northern New South Wales.

Police said the 46-year-old driver was set upon after pulling over to the side of East Coraki Road at Coraki, about 24km south of Lismore, just after 3.30pm on Tuesday.

It’s alleged one of the men pulled a knife on the driver before forcing him back into his car and ordering him to drive he and his mate through Woodburn and south onto the M1.


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Police said the males then ordered the driver to pull into a rest area where it’s alleged they bashed him and robbed him of his bank card before running off.

The 46-year-old man called police and needed to be treated for facial and leg injuries.

Police are investigating the incident and are appealing for public assistance to help locate his attackers.

Both men are described as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in appearance, 180cm tall and aged between 18-20 with solid builds.

One of them was wearing a fake leather jacket, dar denim jeans, gloves and joggers while the other was wearing a white t-shirt, blue denim jeans and boots.

Anyone who may have any information or dash cam vision, specifically between 3.30pm and 5pm north and southbound on M1 at Woodburn or Wyrallah Road, is urged to come forward.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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