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West Bromwich car-jacking leaves elderly man with head injuries

Reg Stocking
Image caption Reg Stocking's car was stolen in West Bromwich at about 21:20 BST on Sunday

An elderly man was left with serious head injuries after a man knocked him against a wall whilst stealing his car.

Reg Stocking's blue Peugot 207 was taken outside his home in Chapel Street, West Bromwich, at 21:20 BST on Sunday.

West Midlands Police believe a man hid before jumping into the car while the 78-year-old opened his driveway gate.

The pensioner remains in hospital and police said they were still searching for the offender and the stolen car.

Det Con James Ashcroft said: "We believe it will have some damage to the front and rear end as it collided with the victim and a wall before driving off."

Mr Stocking was thrown backwards into a wall by the force of the collision, police said, and he was left on the ground as the thief drove off.

His wife Sylvia Stocking told the BBC: "I heard this bang and I went outside and one of my neighbours from down the street was with him.

"He was lying in the middle of the road, in a pool of blood, blood everywhere", she said.

Police said they were looking for a man over 6ft (1.82m) tall and of stocky build, seen "lurking" near Chapel Street and Old Meeting Street at about 21:00 BST.

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