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Humberside police warn drivers about 'car crash scam'

Police are warning drivers to be extra vigilant after a man who stopped to help two people seemingly hurt in a crash was assaulted and robbed.

The man was driving a van on Old Road in Leconfield, East Yorkshire on Monday (23/09) when he saw a motorcyclist lying in the road with another man helping him.

The driver stopped and opened his window to ask if he could assist at which point one of the men is alleged to have attacked the driver.

The other hoaxer stole two mobile phones from within the van by opening the passenger door.

Officers said the driver was left with a serious wound to his arm which needed treatment in hospital.

The attackers are described as speaking with Liverpool accents and one may have been injured as the driver left the scene.

Old Road, Leaconfield Credit: Google Maps

Detective Inspector said:

We have launched investigation into this incident and are obtaining a statement from the victim to establish the full circumstances. I would like to appeal for witnesses to the incident or for anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area.

"The victim said that the men spoke with Liverpool accents and that he may have injured one as he drove away.

"I am also asking for members of the public to express caution if they come across a road traffic collision, especially during the hours of darkness. If you are alone in your car please exercise caution if you feel it is safe to stop, ensure you do not put yourself at any risk.

"Remain in your vehicle with the doors and windows closed and locked so you can assess what is going on prior to doing anything else.

– Andy Crawforth