Stunt­man clings to bon­net of Mercedes in an ef­fort to stop thieves

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Leon Wat­son

A MOVIE stunt­man has told how he threw him­self on to the bon­net of his Mercedes Benz and clung on for al­most a mile in an at­tempt to thwart thieves.

Matt Spooner was giv­ing a test drive to a po­ten­tial buyer in High Wy­combe, Bucks, when he was as­saulted and the car taken. When the “buyer” re­fused to get out, Mr Spooner, who works with film stunt teams, jumped on the bon­net and the thief sped off.

He man­aged to jump off later but suf­fered cuts and bruis­ing to his face.

Po­lice, who de­scribed the vic­tim’s ex­pe­ri­ence as “hor­rific”, are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses or any­one with dash­cam footage to come for­ward. Mr Spooner met the po­ten­tial buyer of his sil­ver Mercedes Benz E250 CDI in Berke­ley Road at about 6pm on Wed­nes­day, but af­ter a short test drive, he was as­saulted from be­hind. “Next thing I knew, he was in the car and I had a se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tion on my hands,” Mr Spooner told the BBC. “I ran round to the front and asked him po­litely to step out. I then ended up on the front of the ve­hi­cle and it be­gan to move. I re­alised that this was it, so I got my feet off the ground and held on tight and that was it, we were away.”

The thief drove the car and its owner on to the A40 to­wards Bea­cons­field then slowed down, at which point Mr Spooner, fear­ful he would not sur­vive, “skid­ded off to the side of the kerb”. Mr Spooner, who was sell­ing the car to pay for a hol­i­day, said: “I’m def­i­nitely not a hero, and no one else should do this.”

Although he helps film crews de­vise stunts, he added: “It’s a bad plan to do them your­self.”

Pc Francesca Keen, of Thames Val­ley Po­lice said: “A thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched and we are specif­i­cally ap­peal­ing to any­one who may have wit­nessed the in­ci­dent or have any dash­cam footage of it. Equally, if any­one has found a dis­carded num­ber plate end­ing in ONS or wit­nessed any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity in­volv­ing a sil­ver Mercedes E250, please let us know.”

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