Car jack pensioner speaks of terror

AN IPSWICH pensioner today told of the terrifying moment he was bundled out of his car and left at the side of the road before a thief drove off with his vehicle.

AN IPSWICH pensioner today told of the terrifying moment he was bundled out of his car and left at the side of the road before a thief drove off with his vehicle.

Shaken Robert Ling spoke of how he was pushed over as he got out of his car before his attacker jumped into the driver's seat and sped off.

The incident happened at around 8am on Sunday morning as the 74-year-old, who works part-time at Canhams news agents in Bramford Road, went to deliver a paper to a house in Rendlesham Road.

Leaving the engine running, Mr Ling started to get out of his car when he was pushed from behind and tripped up.

Struggling to believe what was happening, the pensioner watched in horror as his attacker climbed into the Vauxhall Astra and roared off towards Bramford Road, turning left towards Bramford.

Mr Ling, who lives in The Hill, Tuddenham, said: “I was half in and half out of the door when I got a heavy push from the back and a leg in front of me. The next thing I knew, I was on the ground.

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“He then roared the engine and reversed down the road off towards Bramford.

“I was shaken - I didn't even know what day it was at the time, although I feel a lot better now I have had a sleep and a soak in the tub.

“But I don't feel like going back to work yet.”

It is yet another instance of theft in the west of Ipswich, following on from the revelations that 76 burglaries have taken place there since the start of December.

After the attack, Mr Ling walked back to the news agent in a daze where he called police and wife Barbara, 60, who caught a taxi to the shop to comfort her husband.

Police are keen to hear from those who witnessed the incident or know the whereabouts of the silver Vauxhall Astra, registration FL54 HVV. Calls should be made to Dc John Dolan at Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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