He reversed up to me and I had a word with him. Then I got back in my own lorry. The girl said something else to me, so I went back to my mate and he gave me some money. Then he drove off.
"I had just got into the cab with the girl again when the doors were snatched open and four men jumped on me. "I grabbed the steering wheel and pressed the hooter. One man climbed in and started hitting me. I looked for the girl but she had disappeared
"Finally they got me out of the cab, frog-marched me into a field and made me lie face down in a furrow. I heard my lorry being driven off. Then I was made to climb into the back of another vehicle with two men who tied me up."
Annable said he was driven to London where the van was abandoned. Eventually he freed himself and called the police.
The girl, the court was told, was part of the gang who planned to hi-jack the lorry with its £5,000 worth of Christmas drinks and tobacco. In the dock were Edward Charles Phillips, aged 26, of Mortimer-road, Hackney, London, and Francis Joseph Parman, aged 32, of Kilpeck House, Highbury, London.
They were remanded in custody for trial at Herts Quarter Sessions accused of being concerned in the robbery.
The other B.R.S driver, Robert Daly, of Pytchley-road, Rushden, Northants, said after leaving Annable with the girl he stopped and waited.
He heard a long blast on the hooter of the other lorry and then saw it coming towards him. He followed the vehicle and it stopped.
"Parman and Phillips came over to me and said my mate had had an accident. I denied he was my mate and they drove off. When they had gone I telephoned the police."
Mr Neville Lowe, prosecuting, said that as a result of the call the police had an early start in the hunt. Parman and Phillips were detained with the lorry and its load on the outskirts of London.