Police are appealing for any witnesses to a robbery where the victim was run over by his own van.
At around 2.40pm today, Monday, 24 February 2014, a 50-year-old man who works in road maintenance, was collecting several road signs on Ripponden Road, Denshaw. While he was putting the signs into the back of the van an offender sneaked into the cab and started to drive off. The victim jumped onto the Ford Transits bonnet, but was thrown from the vehicle, hitting the floor. As he lay prone on the floor, the back wheels of the Transit then ran over his right leg, shattering it in two places. He was taken to hospital where he is being treated for the double break. He remains in a stable condition.
Police now want to hear from anyone who has seen the white Ford Transit Gallaghers works van, YT62 AVL. Detective Constable Leigh Carnally, based at Oldham, said: “This workman just trying to do his job when he was the victim of the worst kind of opportunist. It sounds strange to say when he has such horrific injuries, but in a way he was fortunate not to be killed. Clearly the thief was so desperate to steal the van that he was determined to harm whoever got in his way. I now want to hear from anyone who has the stolen can or anyone who saw the incident if we haven’t yet spoken to you.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police ion 0161 856 6386 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.