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Driver 'seriously ill' following claims of Newton Abbot car-park robbery

By Herald Express  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

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A MAN is still in hospital following a suspected attempted robbery in Newton Abbot.

Police sealed off a Newton Abbot town centre car park last Wednesday afternoon after a man was taken to hospital.

Five police cars cordoned off the car park in Sherbourne Road after the incident at 4.45pm.

Witnesses said the driver of the Ford Focus appeared to be taken unwell after an incident in his car..

The man was taken to Torbay Hospital by ambulance.

Scenes of crime officers were later at the scene.

A man was later arrested in Newton Abbot on suspicion of attempted robbery. Police inquiries into the alleged incident were ongoing. A police spokesman said: "On Wednesday February 19, an attempted robbery occurred in the Sherborne Road Car park in Newton Abbot.

"The victim, a man, aged in his 70s was parking his vehicle when the offender got into his vehicle and demanded money.He became aggressive but left empty handed.

"The victim became ill following the incident and was conveyed to Torbay District Hospital by ambulance where he remains receiving treatment." The police confirmed yesterday that the elderly victim remains in a 'serious condition'. Simon Baltieri, 40, of no fixed abode, appeared at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Friday, having been charged with assault with intent to commit robbery. No pleas were entered and the case was adjourned.

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