Terrifying new trick ruthless carjackers are using to steal vehicles
A Solihull dad was stabbed after carjackers tricked him into stopping his vehicle with his daughter inside on a quiet country lane.
The robbers lay in wait on Bickenhill Lane in Catherine-de-Barnes after scattering several wheelie bins across the road – forcing motorists out of their vehicles to move them.
When the dad stopped a gang of three thugs attacked him with a baton and stabbed him in the leg.
The terrifying attack took place on Monday (26 November).
“These scumbags have no moral code and will clearly attack anyone and anything.” said the dad, who has not been named.
His horrifying experience was shared by Solihull community groups.
The father wrote: “I was attacked last night… by 3 scumbags with knives.
“They tried to carjack me by setting a trap.
“They tipped all the wheelie bins over in the lane so whoever came by had to get out of their car to move the bins to get past.
“After moving some bins I spotted 3 kids coming towards me and the car.
“I managed to get enough of me back in the car to protect my daughter but I couldn’t get the door shut in time.”
He added; “As I kicked out they attacked my legs with a baton and a knife.
“Luckily (my daughter) was unhurt and I’ve only got minor injuries, but it could have been a whole lot worse.
“Please be vigilant out there.”
The manager at the nearby Boat Inn in Hampton Lane said: “All I know is that it happened just down the road from the pub.
“The police apprehended one of the guys just outside the front of our car park.
“People weren’t really talking about in the pub but they were chatting about it on a WhatsApp group for the area last night.”
People also took to social media to air their shock.
Kay Meadows wrote on Elmdon Community Awareness Facebook group: “Omg! That is shocking the lengths they go to, to take someone else’s car. Thank God they are OK, but must have been very traumatising for them both.”
Darren Williams posted: “Omg what is this world coming to.”
And Julie O’Grady said: “This might be why the police helicopter has been out in full force this evening. Scumbags.”
Tracy Ann Zimmerman wrote this: “Lawless Britain!”
And Maria Rumley added: “This is absolutely terrible. Will they stop at nothing. This will continue until murder is committed. Then they will say, lessons will be learned.”
BirminghamLive approached West Midlands Police for a statement on Tuesday morning, but no statement had been received by Wednesday at midday.
The attack is just the latest in a string of attacks committed by violent carjackers.
West Midlands Police have already made almost 600 arrests in a matter of weeks in a bid to halt the surge in car crime.
The figures came after a BirminghamLive investigation showed carjackers and thieves made as little as £200 per vehicle.
David Jamieson, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, has led a campaign to reduce rates of motor theft after they hit a three-year high.
He said: “Car theft has become an epidemic in the West Midlands and across urban centres around the country.
“There are organised criminals who are taking advantage of the lack of security in vehicles and the ease of accessibility to purchase written off cars which are fuelling so called ‘chop shops’.”
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