Thieves drive car at Sunderland shop worker

Andrew Bell of Halfords, Trimdon Street, Sunderland, who tried to stop thieves by jumping in front of their car.
Andrew Bell of Halfords, Trimdon Street, Sunderland, who tried to stop thieves by jumping in front of their car.
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HERO shop worker Andrew Bell leapt in front of a speeding car in a bid to stop raiders making off with stolen goods.

The 23-year-old Halfords employee thought nothing for his own safety when he spotted two thieves at the Deptford store where he has worked for 18 months.

After grabbing a child’s electric car and fleeing, the pair jumped into the blue Ford Mondeo getaway car before heading off down Trimdon Street.

Determined not to let them escape, quick-thinking Andrew, of Pallion, ran out of the shop, jumped over the wall and waited in the road for them to drive out.

Thinking the criminals would slam the brakes on when they saw him, Andrew stood his ground in the middle of the road.

As they drove out of the car park, the thieves slowed down as they approached the worker, but at the last second the driver slammed on the accelerator and sped towards him.

The car hit Andrew, causing him to fall on the bonnet and off on to the road.

Andrew said: “I just didn’t think it was fair that they got away with it so I wanted to stop the car.”

“When they started accelerating I didn’t have time to do anything really. It was either move on to the kerb, which could have been worse than getting hit, or stay where I was.

“All I could do was jump in the air and try and stop the impact from hitting my legs because I was worried it might break them.”

The thieves managed to get away with the £180 child’s car, leaving Andrew injured on the road.

He was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment to injuries to his leg and arm.

He said: “A lot of people said I shouldn’t have done it because it’s not worth it for what could have happened to me, but in my eyes it’s worth trying, plus I thought they would stop.”

Police have launched an investigation into the incident, which took place on Thursday at about 1.10pm.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 03456 043 043 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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