DETECTIVES are appealing for information in connection with the attempted robbery of a car in Belhus.
The attack happened in Aveley when the occupants of a blue Vauxhall Astra were approached by two men in Belhus Park Leisure Centre car park shortly before 8pm on Thursday, October 6. These men tried to snatch the ignition keys from the owner while he was in the car, but he challenged them.
He then attempted to drive out of the car park, but the Astra was struck by a silver Skoda Fabia in an attempt to prevent him from leaving. As he got out of his car to check on his baby that was inside, he himself was struck by the Skoda after which three black men ran away from the scene.
One of these three men was the Skoda driver while the other two had tried to steal the Astra keys.
Investigating Officer, Dc Pascal Menelas, said: “Our enquiries have revealed that the Skoda had been stolen from Tilbury. We’re looking to speak with anyone who saw this incident, had been using the leisure centre or had seen these three black men loitering the area that Thursday evening.
A search of the area, including nearby fields was carried out with dog handlers and the police helicopter scouring for any signs of the three men; but to no avail.
The owner of the Astra, a 20-year-old local man, sustained serious leg injuries while his 19-year-old partner sustained a foot injury. The couple’s nine-month-old girl was uninjured. Both victims were conveyed to Basildon University Hospital where they were treated and subsequently discharged.
Anyone with information in connection with this attempted robbery is urged to contact detectives at Grays police station on 0300 333 4444.