Blackburn milkman's van stolen at knife-point

Blackburn milkman's van stolen at knife-point

Blackburn milkman's van stolen at knife-point

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Crime reporter

A MILKMAN was threatened by a knife-wielding robber who stole his van during an early morning round.

Mark Haston was left shaken as a result of the attack, which happened as he dropped off bottles at a customer’s frontdoor in Blackburn.

While the milkman was out of his van in Quebec Road, the attacker jumped into the driver’s seat and pulled out a knife, threatening to kill Mr Haston.

But the determined businessman refused to give up and jumped onto the metal plate at the back of the vehicle and held on as the robber started to drive off.

It was not until the van was reversed into a hedge and a brick wall that Mr Haston let go.

Despite the ordeal shortly before 6am yesterday, he was still completing his rounds yesterday afternoon.

Vera Leonard, who has been having her milk delivered by Mr Haston for 18 years, said: “It is awful to think this happened on our doorstep, especially first thing in the morning.

"You would not expect it. Mark is always really reliable and really nice. I am really sorry to hear what happened to him and I hope the police catch the robber.”

Another customer added: “It is outrageous. He would not have had any money on him anyway.”

An investigation has been launched and officers are now appealing for anybody who might have seen what happened or have any information about the attack to come forward. Insp Andy Carter said: “While the milkman was delivering, someone jumped into the driver’s side. As he went back to his vehicle, the offender pulled a knife on him and set off in the stolen van.

“The milkman stood on the back and the robber was threatening to kill him. The robber stopped and reversed into a hedge and a brick wall to try to get him off.”

Anybody with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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3:35pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Bad News Barrett says...

Classic Cat burglar
Classic Cat burglar Bad News Barrett
  • Score: -15

4:21pm Tue 5 Aug 14

warren2007 says...

Vermin
Vermin warren2007
  • Score: 21

4:43pm Tue 5 Aug 14

steve18gls says...

A description of van or thief might help !!
A description of van or thief might help !! steve18gls
  • Score: 29

4:50pm Tue 5 Aug 14

rudis_dad says...

I reckon he's just milking it.
I reckon he's just milking it. rudis_dad
  • Score: -10

6:08pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Cimbri says...

He, has no horse, very well hung,
that creates some fecal, fatal dung.
When flung: to mark him in the eye..
Yet not, to make him die.

And since no passer-by, did this espie,
We cannot note him, to your eye.
Even though no dung, flung, .
For robbery, he will be hung..
..
With greater wit, and lots less sh*it,
the Police will capture thy.
Callooh! Callay! Upon that day, ..
manacle you up, you sad spry..

your penance, you'd best admit.
for were it my remit,
for robbin a child of that tit,
I'd make thee sway,
3 clear Sundays, from that day..

Make penance, you Son of Nick,
afore we hang you, by your....
....
Though has some trace of meter,
yet lacks, Iambic pentameter.
Do you worst, have a burst,
express your worst..
upon the milk stealer.
He, has no horse, very well hung, that creates some fecal, fatal dung. When flung: to mark him in the eye.. Yet not, to make him die. And since no passer-by, did this espie, We cannot note him, to your eye. Even though no dung, flung, . For robbery, he will be hung.. .. With greater wit, and lots less sh*it, the Police will capture thy. Callooh! Callay! Upon that day, .. manacle you up, you sad spry.. your penance, you'd best admit. for were it my remit, for robbin a child of that tit, I'd make thee sway, 3 clear Sundays, from that day.. Make penance, you Son of Nick, afore we hang you, by your.... .... Though has some trace of meter, yet lacks, Iambic pentameter. Do you worst, have a burst, express your worst.. upon the milk stealer. Cimbri
  • Score: -10

6:11pm Tue 5 Aug 14

abetterblackburn says...

The milkman ‘bottled it’ to be sure!

Would love to know where the phrase ‘bottled it’ came from?
The milkman ‘bottled it’ to be sure! Would love to know where the phrase ‘bottled it’ came from? abetterblackburn
  • Score: -8

8:14pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Just an observer says...

Perhaps the thief is a coffeeholic? or likes his cornflakes a lot.
Perhaps the thief is a coffeeholic? or likes his cornflakes a lot. Just an observer
  • Score: -12

8:37pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Peterborough rover says...

Them cravendale cats are getting out of hand
Them cravendale cats are getting out of hand Peterborough rover
  • Score: 8

9:17am Wed 6 Aug 14

Me Telling You says...

Doesn't help that every milk man I have ever seen leaves there key in with engine running that is just for easy pickings only time till it was going to happen to somebody
Doesn't help that every milk man I have ever seen leaves there key in with engine running that is just for easy pickings only time till it was going to happen to somebody Me Telling You
  • Score: 2

10:50am Wed 6 Aug 14

Bad News Barrett says...

Bad News Barrett wrote:
Classic Cat burglar
hey im winning!! :/
[quote][p][bold]Bad News Barrett[/bold] wrote: Classic Cat burglar[/p][/quote]hey im winning!! :/ Bad News Barrett
  • Score: -5

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