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Leigh-on-Sea shopkeeper to sell up after pregnant wife injured

Vinisha Ajanraj and her husband Thangarasa Ajanraj Image copyright Ajanraj Family
Image caption Vinisha Ajanraj and her husband Thangarasa Ajanraj have been married for five years

A shopkeeper whose pregnant wife was hit by a car while pursuing an alleged fraudster says he plans to sell his business to look after her.

Vinisha Ajanraj, 30, was seriously hurt when she was hit by a car outside the shop on London Road, Leigh-on-Sea, on Monday.

The couple's unborn baby was not harmed, but Mrs Ajanraj may not fully recover from her injuries for a year.

Her husband Thangarasa said it was an "extremely difficult" situation.

The 36-year old, who also has a son, aged two, with his wife, said he can not believe what has happened.

"I can't control my feelings. She's crying. I'm crying. My son can't find out. I can't tell my son about her injuries. It's a very bad time," he said.

"I plan to sell it [the shop]. I have to look after my kids, and my wife, and I can't do everything."

Image caption Mrs Ajanraj was injured after being hit by a car outside The Turnpike

He said the sale of the shop would allow him to look after his wife when she leaves hospital, as well as looking after the new baby and his two-year-old son.

Mrs Ajanraj, who is seven months pregnant with a girl, was working by herself on Monday in The Turnpike shop at about 17:00 BST when three men came inside.

She challenged one man about a bank card but he left the shop, pursued by Mrs Ajanraj, who was then hit by a car.

She is having surgery on a fractured cheekbone at the Royal London Hospital. She also suffered a fractured shoulder.

It is not known how long she will be in hospital.

A 25-year-old man has appeared at Basildon Crown Court accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, fraud, dangerous driving and failing to stop.

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