DETECTIVES investigating a collision which left a man seriously injured have made an arrest.
It is thought the 52-year-old man, who had been working on The Green, in Willington, was injured when the Ford Transit panel van he was packing was allegedly stolen at 2am yesterday.
Although the exact circumstances are unclear, a Derbyshire Police spokesman said it was believed the stolen van collided with the man as the thieves sped off.
The victim, whose injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham for treatment.
His condition was said to be ‘serious’ as the Mail went to press.
The force spokesman said a 41-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and vehicle theft.
The sight of police tape cordoning off the road between Twyford Road and the mini roundabout in the village shocked some residents.
Lisa Taylor, a barmaid at The Rising Sun, told the Mail officers had quizzed pub staff about the collision.
She said: “It’s terrible. I didn’t see anything, but I live down the road and had to walk in this morning because the road was closed.
“It’s a shock because things like this don’t usually happen around here.
“I don’t know if there was work taking place on the road but there were traffic lights here yesterday.”
Officers working on the case later found two vans at about 3.50am in Sinfin as a result of their inquiries.
Both are white and one has Midland Road Maintenance written on it while the other has Fyrna Hire.
A spokesman from Fryna Hire, a Northampton-based van and truck hire company, said police had not been in touch with the firm.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.