Man tells of car-jack terror

AN Ipswich man today told how he was pulled from his �15,000 Audi RS6 Quattro as it was being driven away by a car-jacker.Abid Ali, of Allenby Road, believes five or six people were involved in the robbery, which left him overpowered and with an injured knee.

AN Ipswich man today told how he was pulled from his �15,000 Audi RS6 Quattro as it was being driven away by a car-jacker.

Abid Ali, of Allenby Road, believes five or six people were involved in the robbery, which left him overpowered and with an injured knee.

The 28-year-old, who shares the car with his brother Mahbub, thought he was showing the car to prospective buyers when the incident occurred.

He said: “These guys called up and said they wanted to come and look at the car. They seemed quite legit.

“There were two of them who came along in a new Skoda. They came to our house, but didn't want to come in. I thought it was because they were in a hurry and it was snowing.”

Accompanied by Mr Ali, the men drove around the block a couple of times and on returning to Allenby Road one of them suggested a wheel was making a noise. As Mr Ali got out to investigate he was dragged away from the car by the man.

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Mr Ali said: “I was half-hanging out of the car trying to stop them from taking it.

“I injured my knee and had to let go. The other guy ran back to the Skoda and I ran straight to the Skoda to stop him.

“I grabbed him and tried to pull him out of his car.”

Mr Ali said another car with other men was parked nearby. They approached him as he was tussling with the second thief.

Mr Ali said: “They grabbed him and pulled him into their car and got away with my �15,000 car.”

Police said the robbery happened around 8.15pm on Thursday and the car was last seen turning right into Hadleigh Road from Allenby Road. Mr Ali told officers he had advertised his car in Auto Trader.

The stolen car is a dark silver/grey Audi RS6 Quattro index YE52SXY and is valued at about �15,000. Police say it is possible the vehicle is now being used on false plates.

The Skoda left at the scene was found to be stolen and on false plates. Plates of other stolen vehicles were also found in the boot.

The male who distracted the victim was white, aged 35 to 40 years old, about 5ft 7in tall, average build, unshaven with patches of grey in his stubble, with short dark hair and a Welsh accent. He was wearing dark clothing.

The male who drove off in the Audi is described as white, aged in his 30s, about 5ft 2in tall, slim build, with a pale complexion, prominent cheek bones, dark eyes and dark hair in a curtain style and a Welsh accent. He also wore dark clothing and was unshaven. He was possibly trying to grow a moustache.

Both males indicated that they had travelled from Wales to view the car.

n. Anyone with any information should telephone Dc Sophie Leone at Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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