Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire Gumtree 'buyer' assaults owner and takes car

A man who advertised a car on Gumtree was assaulted by the prospective buyer, who then drove off in the vehicle.

The victim, 55, had taken a man, who introduced himself as Lewi, for a test drive after posting an advert for his Audi RS4 on the online forum.

The pair met on Mallow Road in Hedge End at around 18:.30 GMT on Sunday 11 January.

When they got out of the car, the suspect pushed the victim to the ground, took the keys and drove off.

The suspect is described as aged between 28 and 30-years-old.

He was Asian in appearance, 5ft 7ins tall, with short black hair. He had pock marks on the left-hand side of his face and was wearing blue jeans and a dark, lightweight, waterproof jacket.

The victim suffered minor injuries.

Det Con Maryann Attard-Charrett said the car registration number was YK51 BBF.

"Have you spotted it or been offered it for sale, possibly at below its market value price?" she said.

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