Meat cleaver threat at Sedgefield Racecourse car boot

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A CAR boot sale bargain-hunter was threatened with a meat cleaver after accepting a lift from a bogus seller.

The 22-year-old victim was at Sedgefield Racecourse car boot sale when he was approached by a man asking if he would like to buy an Apple MacBook Pro computer.

After seeing the computer, the victim agreed to buy it and accepted a lift from the suspect into Sedgefield to withdraw money from a cashpoint.

The victim got into a burgundy-coloured five-door Ford Focus, which had a second man in the front passenger seat.

But during the short journey, the passenger wielded a knife and put it to the victim’s throat, ordering him to withdraw his daily cash limit.

After withdrawing £250, police say the man was again threatened, this time with a meat cleaver, before handing over the money and being dropped off unharmed at the racecourse.

Police say it is believed that a short time after the robbery the vehicle and its occupants were involved in the theft of fuel from the Rontec Service Station on the A689 at Sedgefield.

Anyone with information about the incident, which happened on Sunday, June 29, is urged to call police at Newton Aycliffe on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.