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Tuesday, 28 August 2012 (3030032)
Butcher injured as yobs steal his delivery van
by David Simister


A WEST Lancashire butcher had to be treated in hospital after he suffered head injuries while trying to stop a pair of yobs from stealing his delivery van.

Stuart Johnson, of Hesketh Bank and Tarleton-based Johnsons Butchers, was making deliveries to one of his customers on Moss Lane, Hesketh Bank when two men stole his van last Friday afternoon (August 24), and the 67-year-old businessman was left badly injured after being dragged 100 yards down the road as he tried to stop the thieves from taking the vehicle.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Constabulary said: “The victim, who is 67 years old, was making deliveries on Moss Lane in Hesketh Bank at around 4.15pm when the two offenders took the red LDV van, which had been left insecure with the keys in the ignition.

”The victim ran to the back of the van and grabbed hold of it in an effort to prevent the offenders from taking it, and was dragged along for around 100 yard before they made their escape. The van was later found crashed on the A59 going into Burscough, and one of the offenders, who was injured, was detained at the scene, while the other managed to flee the scene.“

The vehicle, a red LDV van which was carrying around £500 in cash and a large quantity of meat at the time, was later found at the side of the A59 road on the approach into Burscough having been involved in a road traffic collision.

Mr Johnson, The Champion understands, was taken to Southport Hospital with concussion and cuts to his head, and after being treated for his injuries was later released from hospital.

One of the offenders, understood to be a male of stocky build with a cut above his left eye, managed to escape from the scene, but police confirmed that a 21-year-old man had been detained at the scene due to his injuries and was taken to Fazakerley Hospital to be treated for a dislocated hip.

If you have any information about this incident contact Lancashire Constabulary on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.






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