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'Coward' car-jackers feign injury before attacking driver on rural road

By Tom Oakley | Cannock Chase | Crime | Published:

A driver was stopped by teenagers who appeared to be in need of help before they attacked him and stole his car.

The junction of Lime Lane and Wyrley Lane, near where the incident happened. Photo: Google

The car-jacking happened between Norton Canes and Pelsall at around 3.15pm on Monday.

The 45-year-old man behind the wheel of the car saw two boys lying in the road with two others standing over them on Lime Lane, close to the junction with Wyrley Lane.

When the driver stopped to help what appeared to be two teenagers in distress, he was attacked.

All four youths began verbally abusing him before he was physically assaulted, had his car keys stolen and watched the gang make off with his car.

Councillor Mike Hoare, who represents the Norton Canes Ward, said he was ‘shocked’ by the incident.

He called the car-jackers ‘cowards’ and warned people living in the area to stay alert.

“It’s an awful thing to have happened – I am shocked to hear it,” he continued.

"You’re playing on people’s goodwill and go and do something against them.

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“Fortunately, most people don’t go and do things like this but there’s always some. I’ll be informing people about it.

“These incidents are horrible to hear about. It’s not very well lit along Lime Lane at night so it can be a bit awkward.

“It sounds like this man has gone out of his way to be a Good Samaritan.

"We need to stamp out these sort of things but there’s always people that are prepared to do whatever they want for people who can’t defend themselves. They are cowards really.”

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The victim from Heath Hayes suffered soreness and swelling to his face.

The stolen car is a black Renault Clio with registration number HK13 HKH.

Staffordshire Police is appealing for witnesses.

A spokesperson for the force said: “If any other lone drivers are confronted by a similar situation and are concerned for their safety, our advice would be to call 101 and report it immediately to police. Do not put yourself or others in danger.”

Call police on 101 and quote incident number 386 of April 23.

Tom Oakley

By Tom Oakley
Trainee Multi-Media Journalist

Express & Star reporter responsible for covering Walsall and Staffordshire. Got a story? Email tom.oakley@expressandstar.co.uk or call 01902 319482.

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