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Police are hunting armed robbers after they abducted a van driver and stole computer chips worth £250,000. The victim's ordeal began last Friday when he was forced to stop the van after being followed by a car and another van in Chessington, Surrey. He was approached by a man carrying a gun, forced out of the driver's seat, and abducted for around two hours. He was eventually allowed out of the car in Chertsey. DS Graham Self, Kingston CID, said the van contained computer chips valued at approximately £250,000. They were said to be specialised components not suitable for a home PC, but no other information was available. Seventeen boxes of chips were taken. The van has not been found, and there was no description for the hijackers involved as they disguised themselves with either balaclavas or wigs and false moustaches. "If anyone is offered a high value load of cheap computer chips, they would be well advised to contact the police," said DS Self. "This incident was very well planned and, as with any team of criminals, there is a risk that they could strike again." ® Information can be given to Kingston CID on 0181 247 4915, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 Related Stories: Computer kit grabbed at gunpoint DRAM robberies are back Compaq robbery - five per cent of sales lost Gunmen grab £1 million Compaq machines

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