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Blackwall Tunnel queues spark road rage attack

PUBLISHED: 20:33 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:25 05 October 2010

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a road rage attack on a motorist at the Blackwall Tunnel entrance in which other drivers didn’t bother raising the alarm or coming to his aid. An aggressive van driver smashed the window of a car while the terrified motorist was inside, showing glass in his face

By Julia Gregory

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a road rage attack on a motorist at the Blackwall Tunnel entrance in which other drivers didn't bother raising the alarm or coming to his aid.

An aggressive van driver smashed the window of a car while the terrified motorist was inside, showing glass in his face.

The incident two weeks ago happened by the traffic lights on the southbound carriageway of the A12 approach road in Poplar, leading into the tunnel, as the home-going rush-hour was building up at 3.50pm on June 24. But no-one called police.

The motorist appeared to have been targeted by the driver of a white Ford transit because he didn't let his van pull in front of him.

The van driver got out and smashed the car window with a hockey stick or similar weapon, showering the terrified 31-year-old with glass.

The motorist was later treated in hospital for cuts to his face.

"There will have been lots of people there at that time," said a police spokeswoman.

"But nobody reported it to us apart from the victim. People don't want to get involved."

The road-rage van driver is described as "a dark-skinned European" with stocky build, short with brown hair.

Police this week issued an appeal for witnesses to the June 24 incident to contact the violent crime unit on 020-7275 4536, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.

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