24th Oct, 2020

Victim seriously injured after being run over in Rugby van theft

Correspondent 18th Jan, 2017

‘HORRENDOUS’ injuries have been suffered by a man after his van was stolen and the thief ran him over and dragged him down the road.

The incident occurred in Leicester Road near Wolvey on Tuesday January 17 at around 2pm.

The victim, a man from North Warwickshire who works at a local car showroom, was contacted by the suspect who asked if he could test drive a Volkswagen Transporter van.

The victim arranged to pick the suspect up from the car park of The Pheasant pub in Withybrook. From there they drove to Galliford Try Construction on Leicester Road near Wolvey where they planned to swap over, allowing the suspect to test drive the van.

When the victim left the vehicle, the suspect locked him out and drove off, colliding with the victim and dragging him about 10 metres down the road.

He drove off in the direction of the A5.

The victim suffered serious injuries to his leg, torso, head and back. He is currently in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

The suspect is described as being a short man, of slim build with a shaved head.

The van is a blue Volkswagen Transporter 2.0 TDI, registration WJ13 FXW. it is possible there will be damage to the front and underside of the van.

Detective Inspector Jon Belcher said: “This was an extremely serious incident that has left a man with horrendous injuries that are likely to change his life.

“At this time we’re keeping an open mind as to whether the suspect intended to injure the victim or whether this was a robbery gone wrong. Either way, I believe someone out there has some information that will help us to identify the man responsible and I would urge that person to come forward.

“Also, I’d appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident or thinks they may have seen the vehicle involved to contact police as a matter of urgency.”

Call 101 and quote incident 176 of January 17, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or on 0800 555 111.

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