ROBBERS attacked a lorry driver with a crowbar and a blade at the roadside when he tried to stop them stealing the load from his trailer.
The thieves struck at the roadside on Castle Mound Way at around 12.50am on Tuesday (November 1).
The driver, who was in his cab, heard a noise and found two men had broken into the trailer and were stealing the load.
The driver, a man in his 30s, was hit on the head with an object – believed to be a crowbar – when he challenged them.
As the driver tried to climb back into the cab, the robbers cut his hand with an unknown sharp object and hit his legs and ankles with the crowbar, causing serious bruising.
The thieves stole cash from the victim and damaged his mobile phone. They then drove off towards the A426. The incident lasted for about 20 minutes.
One of the suspects is described as being approximately 5ft 5in and was believed to be wearing a ski mask.
The other suspect is described as a white man, approximately 5ft 7in to 5ft 9in tall and of an athletic build. He was believed to be clean shaven and was dressed entirely in black with a high-vis jacket over his top. He is also described as having a black fabric bag hanging from his neck by a strap.
Police Staff Investigator Andy Holloway from Rugby CID said: “This was a nasty incident that was very distressing for the victim.
“We are still trying to piece together exactly what happened and would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident to please come forward.”
Call Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 34 of November 1, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.