CCTV im­ages ap­peal over bru­tal car­jack­ing

Rochdale Observer - - SPECIAL REPORT -

PO­LICE have is­sued im­ages of two men they want to speak to af­ter a gang armed with base­ball bats at­tacked a dad then stole his car in a bru­tal as­sault.

Paul Schofield, 58, was parked up on Leam­ing­ton Street in Rochdale at around 10.55pm on Novem­ber third when a white Nis­san Juke drove past and stopped nearby.

Three men armed with bats then got out of the Nis­san and ap­proached Mr Schofield in his black Ford Fiesta ST2.

One of the at­tack­ers de­manded he get out of the car, be­fore hit­ting him over the head with a base­ball bat leav­ing him with a 5ins gash.

Mr Schofield’s ex-wife, who was with him in the car at the time, was also threat­ened by other two men who told her to get out and leave her hand­bag be­hind.

The of­fend­ers then split up and drove away both the vic­tim’s car and the Nis­san. For­tu­nately, Mr Schofield has since ‘re­cov­ered well’ from his in­juries, po­lice said.

He told the Observer at the time: “I’d just parked up. I opened the door, turned round and there were three lads stand­ing there with base­ball bats all dressed in black.

“I held my hands up and, bang, they smashed me over the head.

“I think the adren­a­line must have kicked in be­cause it didn’t seem real.

“Even now I still don’t think it’s sunk in. It’s the type of thing you read about hap­pen­ing to other peo­ple.

“I can’t un­der­stand why they slugged me. I wasn’t putting up a fight.”

The stolen ve­hi­cle, a black Ford Fiesta ST2 reg­is­tra­tion MM17 YAF has not been re­cov­ered.

Po­lice have now re­leased CCTV im­ages of two men they want to speak to in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Ellen Mol­loy said: “This was a bru­tal as­sault that could have had po­ten­tially much more grave con­se­quences.

“Thank­fully, the vic­tim has re­cov­ered well from his in­juries and we’re de­ter­mined to find those re­spon­si­ble for his in­juries and the theft of his car.

“We be­lieve the men pic­tured may have im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion on this crime. Do you recog­nise them or have any in­for­ma­tion? If so – con­tact po­lice im­me­di­ately.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call po­lice on 0161 856 8756, quot­ing in­ci­dent 2409 of 03/11/18 – or the in­de­pen­dent char­ity Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

●●Po­lice want to speak to these two men af­ter the car­jack­ing in Rochdale

●●Paul Schofield was hit over the head with a base­ball bat dur­ing the car­jack­ing

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