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Thief drives at car salesman and knocks him to the ground to steal Ford Transit Custom

  • A car salesman at Whitestone Approved Vehicles was knocked to the ground by a thief driving one of the dealership’s vans
  • The thief drove at the salesman to make his escape and police are now appealing for witnesses
  • The police are looking for the white Ford Transit Custom with registration YS65 GOU

Time 2:35 pm, January 18, 2022

Police are searching for a thief who drove off with a van from a car dealership in Nuneaton yesterday morning, knocking the salesman to the floor in the process.

The incident took place at around 11.15am on January 17 at Whitestone Approved Vehicles on Eastboro Way.

A man arrived at the dealership and said he was interested in a white Ford Transit Custom.


Director Gordon Bews told the Coventry Telegraph that the salesman took him out to the yard with the van keys to view the Transit with registration YS65 GOU.

However, once he’d started the engine, he drove at the salesman to escape with the van.

Bews explained: ‘He [the salesman] opened the van for him. He has given him the keys so he can start it and hear it running.

‘When he did that, the staff member stood in front of the vehicle and the gentleman started the van and just drove at him.


‘It did hit him, he did manage to jump out of the way but it hit his hip and he fell to the ground. Luckily, he didn’t need to go to hospital, but it could have been a lot worse.’

Police are now looking for the van and the thief. He is described as a white man with an Irish accent and was wearing a dark cap and coat.

The video above as shared by the dealership on Facebook shows him caught on CCTV before the incident.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Warwickshire Police.

Rebecca Chaplin's avatar

Rebecca has been a motoring and business journalist since 2014, previously writing and presenting for titles such as the Press Association, Auto Express and Car Buyer. She has worked in many roles for Car Dealer Magazine’s publisher Blackball Media including head of editorial.

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