Workman crushed trying to stop truck thief in Epsom

A workman suffered head and shoulder injuries when he was crushed as he tried to stop his vehicle being stolen in Surrey.

The 27-year-old victim, who was working in Treadwell Road, Epsom, ran after his Ford Tipper truck when a thief got into the driver's seat and drove off.

He managed to get part way through the window when the offender veered into a parked vehicle to make him let go.

The victim fell to the ground after being caught between the two vehicles.

Surrey Police said the man needed treatment for head and shoulder injuries at St Helier Hospital and was lucky not to have been more seriously injured.

Drill missing

Treadwell Road was closed temporarily while investigators carried out inquiries at the scene.

Det Sgt Eddie Poole said: "The victim was incredibly lucky not to have received more serious injuries, or worse, as a result of the incident."

The truck was later found in Rosebery Road, Langley Vale, with a hydraulic drill and generator missing.

Two other men who arrived in Treadwell Road in a van with the thief drove off after the incident.

All three suspects were described as white men and aged between 20 and 30.

The force has just released details of the incident which happened at about 13:00 BST on Friday.

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