max temp: 13°C

min temp: 4°C


Police search for Ipswich pair who attempted to steal car with young children asleep inside

PUBLISHED: 12:59 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:07 20 March 2017

The attempted theft took place at the junction of Old London Road and Swan Hill, near Washbrook. Photograph: KEITH MINDHAM

The attempted theft took place at the junction of Old London Road and Swan Hill, near Washbrook. Photograph: KEITH MINDHAM

Police are investigating an attempted theft of a car in which two young children were sleeping on Saturday.

The incident happened around 11.30am when a driver in his mid 20s pulled over and parked his Ford Mondeo car in a layby close to the turning for Swan Hill.

The man’s two young children were aslepp in the car at the time when he pulled over and got out of his car for a cigarette.

A white van – possible a Mercedes Spinter with a 55 registration – approached and pulled up in front of the car.

The van driver asked the man if he had something stuck in his wheel.

The man approached the back of the van to have a look when a second man opened the car door and got into the drivers seat.

The victim has then ran to his car and started to pull the man out.

A Suffolk police spokeswoman said there was a struggle before the victim was struck in the face, although he was not injured.

He managed to get the man out of his vehicle before the offender then ran back to the van and it pulled away, turning into Swan Hill.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the incident or has any information.

The van driver is white, aged in his mid 30s to early 40s, of medium build, and wearing a blue baseball cap with a NY Yankee logo in white on the front and a dark jumper,

The man who sat in the car is described as white, aged in his 20s to early 30s, of slim build, around 5ft 7ins tall, wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and glasses which may have been broken in the struggle.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

A “vibrant” Stowmarket is on the up – with shops being filled and footfall remaining strong – but it is still struggling with an “undeserved” image problem.

Creeting St Mary Church of England Primary School has maintained its ‘Good’ Ofsted rating following its latest inspection this month,

Police in Essex have pleaded with a missing teenager from Frinton to get in touch and “let us know you are OK”.

A fresh batch of recruits have joined Suffolk’s Constabulary’s ranks of police community support officers (PCSOs).

A man armed with a knife threatened staff at a Stowmarket bookmakers last night.

Reducing antibiotic prescriptions and use of cheaper drugs has helped GPs in Suffolk save almost £2million in a year, it has emerged.

Suffolk’s unsung heroes, community stalwarts and charitable organisations were recognised for the work they do in Suffolk at this year’s High Sheriff’s Awards.

A knife was recovered by firefighters from a river near Ipswich train station as part of a police investigation this evening.

A cow which escaped from a field forced police to close the A14 for more than an hour in Suffolk tonight.

Our iwitness members have been sending us their photos they’ve been taking this weekend.

Most read

Most commented


Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24