A VAN driver was dumped in a Mid Cheshire village after being kidnapped at knifepoint when his vehicle was hijacked on the A556.
The 40-year-old victim was at the wheel of his Mercedes Sprinter box van when it was involved in a minor collision with a black car at Mere at about 6pm on Thursday.
The van driver pulled over and got out of his vehicle to speak to the driver of the car, but was confronted by a passenger who threatened him with a knife and forced him into the car.
The passenger then stole the white-coloured van, which contained a consignment of mobile phones.
The van driver was taped up and held hostage for two hours until he was eventually released, still bound, in Well Lane, Antrobus.
There, he managed to raise the alarm by calling at a local house.
He was unhurt, but very badly shaken after his ordeal, which included 'serious threats' from his captors.
Police found his van at about 11pm near Ellesmere Port. Its load of £700 worth of Nokia mobile phones is missing.
Det Con Jez Nasse said: 'We are treating this incident very seriously and are urgently seeking the public's assistance.'
Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident. They also want to speak to anyone who saw a dark-coloured car containing about four people acting suspiciously being driven around the Antrobus area at about 8pm on Thursday.
Police are also keen to hear from anybody who saw the white Mercedes Sprinter van being driven at any point on Thursday night.
There are descriptions of three offenders. The first is a white man in his early 30s, 6ft 2ins tall and well built. He wore casual clothing and a light-coloured baseball cap.
The second is also a white man, about 5ft 8ins in height and of stocky build. He is also thought to be in his early 30s and he wore casual clothing and a white baseball cap. Another offender was a man of mixed race wearing a dark baseball cap. All three had Manchester accents.
* If you can help, call Wilmslow police station on 01625 536222 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.