11:24 Monday 23 December 2013

Image hoped to be key to solving van injury crime

Written byROB SMYTH

POLICE officers have released an image of a vehicle used in an incident which left a man with serious injuries

Investigators from Derbyshire Police distributed the photograph of a white transit van that was involved in the incident in Twyford Road, Willington, on Wednesday, October 16.

A 52-year-old man was left with ‘life changing injuries’ after being hit by the van that had been stolen from Burton during the previous day.

Now, police officers are hoping the release of the image will help them find witnesses to the incident.

A spokesman for the force said: “Officers who are investigating a van theft in which a man was thrown into the path of another vehicle on Twyford Road in Willington have renewed their appeal for witnesses.

“Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen a white transit van with the marking ‘Midland Road Maintenance’ before the offence which happened in the early hours of October 16.

“This vehicle was stolen from Tutbury Road, Burton, on October 15 at about 4pm and was seen heading towards Tutbury.

“It was later involved in the incident in Willington at about 2am on 16th October where a 52-year-old man suffered life changing injuries when he was struck by the stolen vehicle.

“At about 4am the same morning the vehicle was found abandoned in Sinfin.

“The van was bearing number plates stolen from a vehicle parked in Field Lane, Burton, and items from this vehicle were discarded further along Field Lane.

“The two men seen in the van are described as being white, in their 40s and wearing high visibility yellow/orange waistcoats.

Any witnesses are urged to call Swadlincote CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

A 41-year-old man was previously arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and theft of a vehicle on Wednesday.

He has since been bailed pending further inquiries in the case.

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