Masked car thieves choke dad on drive as they take Audi

Stockport Express - - Your Views - SAM YARWOOD

CAR thieves choked a dad on his drive­way as he fought to pro­tect his wife and daugh­ter.

Dra­matic CCTV footage of the brawl shows 40-yearold Ali Gill take on four thugs try­ing to steal his top-of-the-range Audi sports car.

At one point, Ali says he was left strug­gling to breathe af­ter be­ing put in a head­lock from be­hind.

In­cred­i­bly, he man­aged to free him­self and rip one of the thieves’ bal­a­clavas from their face be­fore they sped off in his high-per­for­mance Audi RS6.

It hap­pened on Three Acres Lane, in Cheadle Hulme at around 6.45pm last Mon­day.

Fa­ther-of-one Ali de­scribed the mo­ment the masked men stormed his home.

“My wife and my three­year-old had just fin­ished eat­ing,” he said. “She’d taken our daugh­ter up­stairs for a bath and I was work­ing in the kitchen on my lap­top. The next thing the door gets kicked in and these four guys come run­ning to­wards me. I thought to my­self, ‘I have to do some­thing,’ so I got up and I charged to­wards them.”

CCTV from out­side the prop­erty shows the four men en­ter­ing - be­fore be­ing forced back out­side into the cold just sec­onds later by Ali.

“It went on for ages, I was just wrestling with them on the ground.

“One of them got me in a head­lock from be­hind, his arm was round my neck. I couldn’t breathe and thought I was go­ing to pass out.

“They were shout­ing at me, ‘where are your keys, where are the **** ing keys, where are the watches.

“I told them if they eased up I’d show them, ma­te­rial things didn’t mat­ter they could have them, but they just went harder and harder, kick­ing me and punch­ing me.

“I’m a big guy, so I de­fended my­self well, but my main aim was to pro­tect my fam­ily and get these men out of my house.”

Ali says he be­lieves his wife’s Volk­swa­gen Golf R was the gang’s orig­i­nal tar­get, but says they ‘lucked out’ when they dis­cov­ered his Audi – which costs from £76,000 new – in the garage.

“They had the Audi key and were try­ing to open the Golf with it, they kept shout­ing and even­tu­ally man­aged to get into the garage.

“My wife was up­stairs on the phone to po­lice, beg­ging them to hurry up.

“I just wanted to keep them on the drive­way un­til po­lice got there, but it is hard try­ing to fight four peo­ple. Then I was hit on the back of the head with some­thing and went down.

“They got in the Audi and a Seat Leon they’d come in and sped off.”

Luck­ily, Ali’s Audi had a track­ing sys­tem, and was found by po­lice aban­doned 20 min­utes later.

“It’s with foren­sics now, as well as the bal­a­clava, so hope­fully they can get some DNA and catch these guys,” he added.

“It’s left us all shaken – we don’t want to go back home but we don’t have a choice. We feel numb with pain.

“No one should ever have to go through some­thing like that in their life.”

In Au­gust, a woman was am­bushed by ma­chetewield­ing carjackers out­side her home on Lawn­hurst Close – less than 150 me­tres from where Ali lives. The men who took Ali’s car are de­scribed as be­ing in their mid twen­ties, with south Manch­ester ac­cents.

Two were said to be white, one Asian, and one mixed race. GMP have been ap­proached for com- ment. A Greater Manch­ester Po­lice spokesper­son said: “Po­lice were called on Mon­day 29 Oc­to­ber 2018 to a house on Three Acres Lane, Cheadle Hulme, re­ports of an ag­gra­vated bur­glary around 6.30pm.

“A black Audi RS6 – which has now been re­cov­ered – was taken from the ad­dress and a man in his 40s went to hospi­tal with mi­nor in­juries.

“En­quiries are on­go­ing and any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact po­lice on 101 quot­ing ref­er­ence num­ber 1594 of 29/10/18 or the in­de­pen­dent char­ity Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.”

●●The thugs at­tack Ali Gill on his drive­way

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