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Wednesday, 3 July, 2002, 19:06 GMT 20:06 UK
Security van hit by raiders
Police at robbery scene
Police are combing the scene for clues
A security van driver has been tied up by three masked and armed men who escaped with at least 100,000 in central Scotland.

The driver was left for four hours in the back of the van in a parking area five miles south of Crianlarich and was discovered by tourists who heard his cries for help.

The Group 4 van was travelling on the A82 Glasgow to Fort William road to an undisclosed location in north west Scotland when the incident began at 0630 BST on Wednesday.

Map showing location of robbery

Central Scotland police said the driver, aged 29, became aware of a dark coloured family saloon car with three men inside, one carrying a firearm.

Two were wearing motorcycle helmets and the third man's face was covered by a mask.

The security firm employee was forced to stop the van in the remote lay-by near the Falls of Falloch at the north end of Loch Lomond.

He was bound and ordered into the back of the van where he spent two-and-a-half hours before being discovered.

'Badly shaken'

It took another two hours for him to be released from the vehicle.

Police said that he had been left "badly shaken" and was taken to hospital for a check-up.

The officer in charge of the inquiry, Detective Inspector Robbie McGregor, appealed for anyone with information to contact the incident room in Crianlarich.

DI Robbie McGregor
DI Robbie McGregor: Information plea

Police are planning to stop and question drivers on the road between 0600 and 0700 on Thursday to find out if anyone saw anything before or after the attack.

Group 4 spokesman John Bates confirmed that a member of staff had been involved in "an attack" on a transit van.

Mr Bates, speaking from the company's headquarters in Broadway, Worcestershire, said: "Police are investigating at the scene. We are still waiting for a clearer picture.

"With attacks, it is always investigated as a criminal matter by the police. The police are speaking to the crew and carrying out other investigations."

Mr Bates refused to reveal where the van had been travelling to or from at the time of the attack.

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"The driver was found locked in the van"
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