A driver has been left shaken after a a gang of men in a car blocked her in and approached her, in what she feared was a car jacking attempt.

Police are investigating after the 67-year-old woman, who is also disabled, was driving her Vauxhall Astra in Rayleigh when she was stopped by two cars.

A group of men got out and walked towards her car but were scared off she beeped her horn.

Her daughter, who did not want to be identified, said: “My mum was driving up from the Carpenters Arms roundabout to turn right down Rawreth Lane.

“She stopped at the traffic lights when an orange car stopped very close behind her which set off her hazard warning system.

“At the same time a white car swerved in front of her blocking her. It was sideways to hers so she could not get their number plate. When the lights changed to green, the white car wouldn’t move and there were two people in the car behind her with black hats on.

“The passenger went and opened his door and got out of the car so my mum started beeping her horn as other cars were now present.

“The white car then sped down Rawreth Lane and my mum tried to catch up to get registration number, hoping the traffic light at asda would stay red. The white car over took a white van and went round the traffic lights on the wrong side of the road.

“The orange car didn’t go down Rawreth Lane but straight ahead even though he was in a right-hand lane. It was reported to the police who said she was very lucky she did not get out her car.”

The woman was unable to see what the men looked like because the hats were obscuring their faces and was left shaken after the incident.

The family are hoping that other motorists do not fall victim to the same incident and want people to be aware.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We were called to reports of an incident in Rawreth Lane, Rayleigh.

“A woman reported being stopped at traffic lights when another car drove past and stopped in front of her car, stopping sideways on.

“If you have information please call us on 101.”