Harold Hill man held up at knifepoint for van full of Amazon parcels
A Harold Hill courier has described the “surreal” moment he was held up at knifepoint for his van full of Amazon parcels.
James Hartwell, 23, was doing deliveries in Buckhurst Hill when a man approached him.
He said: “He came up to me with a knife and told me to give him the keys.
“I just gave them to him and he drove off – it was so surreal I didn’t even realise what was happening.
“I’ve never experienced anything like that before.”
The robbery was a sore blow for Mr Hartwell, of Woodbridge Close, who is self-employed and relied on the van for work.
He said he has since been out of work and was charged thousands of pounds by a van rental company.
- 1 Man stabbed in head in reported Hornchurch robbery
- 2 Nude cycle ride supporting cyclists' safety and body positivity to come to Romford
- 3 Local election 2022: HRA and Labour form new Havering administration
- 4 Jailed: Woman raped by two men in 'depraved' set-up
- 5 Supermarket giant Aldi confirms construction of new Romford store is ‘progressing well’
- 6 'Transformational’: What is the Elizabeth line and what does it mean for Havering?
- 7 Met Police reportedly 'scrutinising CCTV' in Havering electoral fraud investigation
- 8 Former Upminster farmer hopes to buy back land, but is wary of price going 'up and up and up'
- 9 Apology issued after NHS nurse 'was failed by short-staffed Queen's Hospital maternity ward'
- 10 NEU brands restructure 'detrimental' while trust says union 'not putting pupils first': Harold Hill school strikes resume
Although police recovered the white Ford Transit abandoned in Hainault days later, the 35 Amazon parcels had disappeared.
Essex Police are appealing for information on the robbery in Roding View on September 20, shortly before 11.30am.
A spokesman for Amazon said all customers waiting for items in the stolen van have now received their orders.
The robber is described as a white man aged between 25 and 35, 5ft 11ins tall with brown hair.
He was wearing a black and blue top and threatened Mr Hartwell with a “ragged kitchen knife”.
No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is urged to call Loughton Police on 101.