POLICE are investigating after a food delivery driver was attacked by two men ‘hiding in the bushes’ in Chineham on Friday night.

An employee of Bartlett’s Burger Van was driving near the Chineham Village Club, Thornhill Way, at around 7pm on Friday evening (October 1), when she was reportedly flagged down by a woman with a baby.

Posting to the public on facebook, business owner Daniel Bartlett wrote: “PLEASE BE AWARE!! One of our female drivers has just been flagged down near the chineham club by a woman with a baby!

“Our driver stopped and was jumped by two men hiding in the bushes! She was severely beaten!! Any info appreciated!”

The post has been shared more than two-and-a half-thousand times, with customers and residents leaving more than 200 message of support for the woman.

Police have confirmed to the Gazette confirm that the incident was reported to them last night.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesperson said: “The two men were said to be white and in their 20s. One had a grey tracksuit on and the other a black one.

“They demanded the 33-year old driver's car key after she got out to see if she could assist the woman. She refused to hand over the keys and one man punched her in the face, causing minor injuries. She quickly got back in her car before anything else happened and drove off.”

They continued: “We are now investigating. Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call PC Hope Bonner based in Basingstoke on 101, quoting reference number 44210395047, or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

The Gazette has contacted Bartlett’s Burger Van for comment.