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Man In Hospital After Trying To Stop Van Theft
Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously assaulted when he tried to intervene and stop two men attempting to steal his van.
The incident took place between 8pm and 9pm yesterday (Saturday, 29 October) outside an address in Nork Way, Banstead.
Two male occupants of the address had gone outside to investigate after being alerted by the activation of a van alarm. They were confronted by two men and were both physically assaulted.
A man in his 50s who is reported to have been kicked and punched did not require hospital treatment.
A man in his 20s remains in hospital where he is receiving treatment for a fractured eye socket, a broken nose and injuries to the head and face.
A woman in her 40s was also grabbed by one of the men during the incident as she took they keys out of their car.
Enquiries are taking place to establish the identity of the two men who ran away from the scene into Reigate Road.
One man is described as being white, in his late 30s to early 40s, between 5ft 8” - 5ft 9” tall, of a stocky build. He has short, fluffy, mousy coloured mid-brown hair and a large, round head. He was wearing a jacket and dark coloured tracksuit bottoms and a baseball cap.
The second man is described as being white, in his mid to late 30s, around 6ft tall and having a large build. He was wearing a dark blue zipped jacket, dark coloured tracksuit bottoms, a baseball cap and gloves.
The car the two men had been travelling in was a blue Audi A3, number plate LD02WGE, which had been purchased earlier the same day.
Investigating officer Detective Constable James Vernon, said: “This was an appalling incident which has left one man seriously injured in hospital and two further innocent people shocked and shaken.
“Extensive enquiries are taking place and we are doing everything possible to track down the two men responsible. I would urge any members of the public who saw two men matching the description in the area yesterday or who may have seen the Audi A3 to call 101.
“Similarly, I would urge anyone with any information to come forward and contact police – any details, however small they may seem, could help bring those responsible to justice.”
If you can help, please contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting crime reference number 45160095701 or report online at http://www.surrey.police.uk/contact-us/report-online/ quoting the reference number in the ‘Additional Information' section.
Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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