Man robbed, tied up and dumped in South Yorkshire woods

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A terrified man was robbed, tied up and dumped in woodland after getting into what he thought was a taxi in South Yorkshire.

The 35-year-old victim left a pub on Towngate, Thurlstone, near Barnsley, shortly after midnight on Saturday, May 17, and flagged down what he thought was a taxi.

Two men were in the vehicle and told the victim they were heading towards Darfield and would drop him off in Barnsley.

The vehicle then drove up Rockside Road and on to Leapings Lane, where it came to a stop.

One of the men then dragged the victim out of the vehicle and took items from him including jewellery of particular sentimental value, a watch, his mobile phone and cash.

His hands and feet were then tied together and he was dumped in a secluded woodland area, before the vehicle drove back towards Rockside Road.

The victim shouted for help and was overheard by members of the public, who called emergency services.

He was taken to hospital suffering from shock and hypothermia, but it is not thought his injuries were serious.

DC Fiona Bowling, leading the investigation into the incident, said: “This was an absolutely terrifying robbery on a man who was making his way home after a night out with friends.

“I would like to appeal to anyone who saw any suspicious activity within the Thurlstone area on Friday night into Saturday morning, involving a dark-coloured motor vehicle, to call police as a matter of urgency.”

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 65 of Saturday 17 May. Alternatively, ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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