A van driver was dumped injured on a roadside near a motorway roundabout after two thugs boarded his vehicle and drove off.

Detectives believe the robbery took place at around 7.40pm on Saturday.

Cheshire police said the victim was sitting in a plain white van parked on Keckwick Lane in Daresbury, Cheshire, when two men in dark clothes approached, entered the vehicle, and threatened him.

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They drove to Merseyside with the driver still on board before leaving him in a state of “distress” near the M57 roundabout, junction 4 for the A580 East Lancs Road.

The robbers then drove off in the van with its cargo.

The first suspect was described as white, 30-40 years old, 6ft 2 to 3ins tall, and slim, wearing a black or dark green top with his hood up and a hat. He was also wearing a dark grey Berghaus-type jacket and bottoms.

His accomplice was described as white, 5ft 11ins to 6ft tall and of large build.

He appeared to be in his early 30s and was wearing a black waterproof jacket, black hat and black hoodie.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have dashcam or CCTV footage.

DC Amanda Antrobus said: “The victim was left shocked and injured following his ordeal and was taken to hospital to be assessed.

“Thankfully it’s not thought that his injuries are serious.

“The area of Keckwick Lane is quite busy, even at that time in the morning with dog walkers and joggers, so I’m particularly keen to hear from anyone who was in the area and saw suspicious activity, or two men getting into a white van.

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“If you have CCTV or dashcam footage that may help us please contact us.

“This was a shocking incident and we want to find those responsible, so if you know anything that will assist our investigation we would urge you to do so.”

Anyone with information should contact Cheshire police on 101 or via www.cheshire.police.uk quoting IML 856410.

CCTV can also be submitted online, and information can be provided anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.