‘Machete attack’ on recovery driver, 18, in Wellingborough

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A man armed with a machete allegedly smashed the windscreen and side window of a pick-up truck in a terrifying incident in Wellingborough.

The victim, an 18-year-old recovery vehicle driver who lives near Market Harborough, has not returned to work since the incident on Sunday afternoon.

He was driving a pick-up truck for K2 Recovery, based in Telford Way, Kettering.

The incident began on the two-lane roundabout over the A14, at the junction with the A509 to Wellingborough.

The 18-year-old, on his way to a breakdown incident, performed a manoeuvre which angered another driver using the roundabout.

The other driver followed the recovery vehicle for about five miles down the A509.

The two vehicles finally paused at the A509 roundabout north of Wellingborough, when it is alleged the pursuing driver got out of his vehicle armed with a machete, and threatened the 18-year-old.

He sped off down the A510 Northen Way but at the next roundabout, at the junction with Stewarts Road, Wellingborough, he had to wait again.

It is then alleged that the pursuing driver left his vehicle with a machete, and this time used the weapon to smash the windscreen and side window of the truck.

The recovery vehicle was left “undriveable”, and had to be taken to the K2 workshop in Kettering for repairs.

A Northamptonshire police spokesman said: “We can confirm an alleged road rage incident in Wellingborough has been reported to police.

“It was reported that a motorist threatened another driver and smashed the windscreen of his vehicle with a weapon believed to be a machete, shortly after 4pm on Sunday, March 26.

“A 30-year-old man has been charged with possession of a bladed weapon in a public place, threatening behaviour and criminal damage.”

He is due to appear before magistrates on April 12.