Man injured after trying to stop thief stealing his car with son inside


A man suffered serious leg injuries after being run over whilst trying to stop a thief from stealing his car with his son inside.

The victim, a 38-year-old man, and his 13-year-old son were in a white Toyota Avensis when a man was seen walking in the road in Huddersfield.

After the victim beeped the horn to get the man’s attention, the man approached the vehicle and hit the rear window, causing it to smash.

The man then grabbed and pulled the victim from the vehicle and started to reverse the car.

The victim managed to grab the steering wheel but the man continued to reverse the vehicle, which ran over the victim’s leg before colliding with a garden wall.

The man then got out of the vehicle and stood on the victim’s other leg before fleeing the scene.

The victim suffered injuries to both legs and minor injuries to his head, arms and torso during the incident.

His 13-year-old son was not injured.

The suspect is described as black, aged in his 30s, tall, of muscular build, with a pointed jaw line and stubble.

He was also wearing a bluetooth headset.

Detective Constable Mick Cummings, of Kirklees District CID, said: “This was clearly an extremely frightening experience for the victim and his son.

“The victim has suffered nasty leg injuries trying to stop this man from driving away in his vehicle with his son still inside.

“We are conducting extensive enquiries to identify the man involved and as part of this are seeking the public’s help in providing any information they may have about this incident.

“We understand that this offence may cause concern in the wider community but would stress that we are treating this as an isolated incident and that robberies with this level of violence are extremely rare.”

Police only revealed details yesterday, after the incident took place at Cleveland Road in Marsh, Huddersfield, at around 7.30am on Monday, May 30.

Anyone with information is asked to call Kirklees District CID via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.