Man robbed in Sunderland carjacking

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A DRIVER was robbed of his car by his passengers after giving them an early-morning lift.

A 40-year-old man gave a lift to three men, from Tay Road, Thorney Close, to Onslow Road, Pallion.

There, he was forced out of the black VW Passat, and held down while the trio took money and a mobile phone.

They then drove off in the car, leaving the victim in the street.

He went to a telephone box and called the police.

The stolen car was found abandoned in Oxford Road, in Sunderland.

It will be forensically examined as part of inquiries.

Police have now released a description of the carjackers.

All are described as being 20 to 25 years old, with strong local accents.

The first was 5ft 6in to 5ft 7in tall, slim, and wore a dark woolly hat and black zip-up top. He had a pierced right ear with a silver stud.

The second was 5ft 10in tall, also slim. He wore a dark baseball cap with a Chinese emblem on the front, a zip-up padded jacket and possibly gloves.

The third was 5ft 6in to 5ft 7in tall, and wore a multi-coloured woollen hat with string down either side, and a zip-up dark top.

Detective Sergeant Derek Ogle said: “We’re asking for help from the public to find the people responsible for this robbery.

“Officers are continuing to carrying out inquiries in the area and we are asking for any witnesses to come forward.”

It happened at about 1.40am on Saturday.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone who was in the area and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious to contact police.

Anyone who may have seen the stolen vehicle being driven, and then left by the offenders, is also being asked to get in touch.

Northumbria Police can be called on 101, extension 69191.