A van driver delivering £30,000 worth of laptop computers was threatened at knifepoint as he stopped at a Warwickshire junction.

After being forced to drive for miles, he was bundled into a car and 60 laptops worth £500 each were stolen from the van before it was set on fire.

The driver of the Mercedes Sprinter City Line van had stopped to make a delivery at the Heathcote Industrial estate near Leamington at 5.25pm on Tuesday.

After the delivery he left the estate and drove to Fosseway via Harbury Road. As he approached the junction he heard a bang and a man climbed into the passenger seat.

He threatened the driver with a knife and told him to drive in the direction of Princethorpe. He then drove onto the A45 and carried on towards Anstey and Shilton, where he was then ordered to drive to Withybrook Lane near Rugby and pull over.

A small dark hatchback car arrived and the City Line driver had a hood pulled over his head. He was thrown into the back of the car and was driven around for a while before being pushed out of the car in Leicester Road, Shilton.

The van was found burnt out in Top Road, Barnacle.

The driver, a 54-year-old local man was not physically injured but was last night said to be shaken.

Warwick police are appealing for witnesses.

They said the offender who threatened the driver was wearing a balaclava and was dressed in black tracksuit bottoms with a single white stripe. He spoke with a local accent.