POLICE are warning the public to be vigilant after several “unusual” incidents in a layby in Shipston.
Over the past few weeks, there have been a number of similar incidents at the layby on the A429 Fosse Way close to Darlingscott crossroads.
In each incident the victim has been parked up during the early evening, subjected to abusive comments and threatened before being made to withdraw a quantity of cash.
Warwickshire Police is now warning the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity in the area.
Detective Inspector Rich Simpkins said: “We appreciate that these incidents are slightly unusual, and we understand the local community may be concerned, but we would like to reassure them we have begun a thorough investigation and are treating the incidents as linked at this time.
“We are keen to find out as much as possible around the circumstances of these incidents so we can build a bigger picture.
As part of this, we’d ask anyone who may have been a victim but has not yet spoken to us to come forward.
“We’re also appealing for members of the public to be vigilant – if you’re travelling in that area and you spot anything that looks suspicious, please let us know.
“Any information – no matter how small it may seem – could help our ongoing investigation so please get in touch.”
Anyone who can help is asked to contact the force or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting incident/reference number 290 of 24 January.