Update: 0800 hrs
TWO men have been arrested in connection with an attempted van theft in Purfleet in which a driver was critically injured.
The men, aged 26 and 28 and both from Purfleet, were arrested in Grays at about 2am today, Wednesday July 10. They were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
Detectives and road policing officers are still seeking witnesses after an incident at Wood Avenue, Purfleet at about 12.20pm on Tuesday July 9 in which a van driver was run over while trying to stop two men from stealing his vehicle.
The driver, who is in his 50s and from the Havering area, received multiple injuries and remains in a critical condition at Royal London Hospital.
Any witnesses who have not yet contacted police or anyone with information about events leading to the incident should call 101, email firstname.lastname@example.org contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Update: 1830 hrs
POLICE have appealed for information to find two men involved in an attempted van theft that left a driver with critical injuries.
The driver was making a courier delivery in Wood Avenue, Purfleet at about 12.20pm on Tuesday July 9 when the two suspects jumped into his vehicle and drove off.
The victim then tried to stop the thieves and clung to the outside of the cab. But he fell off after about 100 yards and the vehicle ran over him.
He was left lying on the road as the two men ran off in the direction of the Circus Tavern.
An air ambulance landed nearby and took the driver to the Royal London Hospital where his condition remains critical.
A widespread search involving ground units and the police helicopter was carried out but officers found no trace of the suspects.
Witness accounts are still being obtained but it appears that the suspect seen driving the van away was said to be aged in his late 20s or early 30s, of medium build, about 5ft 8in and he was wearing a grey top and dark trousers. The passenger is thought to be in his 40s but we have no further details about him.
The injured driver is in his 50s and from the Havering area. He is the owner/driver of the van and is contracted to a major courier firm.
Chief Inspector Rachel Nolan said that the road has been closed while a forensic crime scene investigation is carried out.
She said: “This is an appalling incident in which a driver has been critically injured while trying to prevent the theft of his van and the packages he was carrying for a courier company. The two thieves callously drove off while the man was holding on to the cab then ran away leaving him with terrible injuries. We urgently need help from the public to find these criminals.”
Roads policing officers and detectives are investigating the incident and any witnesses who have not yet contacted police or anyone with information about events leading to the incident should call 101, send an email to email@example.com or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Story: 1500 hrs
A MAN received critical injuries when he was run over by a Mercedes van when two men tried to steal it in Purfleet this afternoon.
He has been taken by air ambulance to The Royal London Hospital and his condition is unknown at this time. The two men ran off from the scene, abandoning the van. Police are appealing for witnesses.
The incident happened around 12.20pm July 9 in Wood Avenue, (off the A1306), Purfleet and currently the road is closed.
Witnesses or anyone with information about this incident are asked to contact Essex Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.