A father-of-two says his household have been left ‘scared to loss of life’ after two brazen thugs tried to steal his spouse’s automotive from their household house.
Darren Driver, 47, was sat in his house on Hallbottom Road, in Newton, on Friday night, October 22, as spouse Heather headed out to select up their 18-year-old son Jacob from work.
When the 43-year-old opened the door, she noticed two males round her Fiat 500, and screamed for her husband’s assist.
Darren rushed to seize his trusty ‘tree lopper’ to defend himself, and headed outdoors to attempt to scare the pair off.
He mentioned: ‘It was only a regular Friday evening, my spouse went to the chippy for tea and my daughter Grace, she’s 14, was upstairs watching one thing.
‘My son offers his mum a hoop at about 9.40pm to select him up from work so she will get her keys, opens the entrance door to the porch and sees two fellas round her automotive.
‘They’re yelling at her ‘keep in the home, we simply need the automotive’ so I grabbed my tree lopper to defend myself – the top fell off so it was simply mainly a giant stick – they usually ran off.
Heather Driver opened her door, making ready to select up her 18-year-old son from work on October 22, when she was introduced with two automotive jackers attempting to interrupt into her Fiat 500 on Hallbottom Road, in Newton
Father-of-two Darren Driver, 47 (pictured), scared off the 2 males, rising from his home with a tree lopper in hand, which he waved on the intruders
‘Then they got here again to attempt to get the OBD reader from the entrance seat and smashed the entrance window.’
Fortuitously, certainly one of Darren’s neighbours got here out at this level, and was in a position to assist him chase the pair off for good – however the household have been left shaken and apprehensive that the crooks may attempt to come again later that night.
Regardless of the harm, the household have been in a position to take the Fiat to a relative’s home and retailer it of their storage for safekeeping till it may be repaired.
Though the household had their home burgled round six years in the past, that is the primary time they’ve ever skilled automotive crime after residing within the space for over 15 years.
Darren mentioned: ‘We’ve by no means had something, not a smashed window, or a scrape, nothing.
‘It’s simply scary, they don’t give a rattling, it’s not their property so that they don’t care.
‘It was a little bit of an ordeal, it’s not one thing you’d anticipate at 9.45 on a Friday, individuals are nonetheless getting back from work or heading out for meals, if it was the early hours of the morning they’d have been in a position to come and go with out being noticed.
‘In the event that they’d had 30 seconds longer they’d have simply pushed the automotive away.
‘It’s a type of that provides you the worry of retribution greater than something, my daughter’s frightened to loss of life, my spouse’s frightened to loss of life. It’s simply coping with the aftermath now.’
When Darren went to get his ‘tree lopper’, he was in a position to scare away the pair from the automotive.
The Driver household say they now not really feel protected at house, following the tried theft of Grace’s Fiat 500 from the driveway
He thought that will convey an finish to the ordeal, however the criminals received right into a automotive and reversed it down the highway, allegedly practically hitting him, earlier than getting out to strive once more.
On the third try, one of many males smashed the automotive’s window, reaching for one thing inside, however with the assistance of his neighbour Darren was in a position to chase the pair away empty handed.
Though nothing was taken, and nobody was injured, the household have been nonetheless left shaken by the violence and the audacity of the crime.
Darren added: ‘The violence of it’s absurd, they have been so brazen – usually for those who disturb a thief they’ll run away however to return again twice after you’ve been disturbed by a fairly large man with a giant stick, that exhibits some brass that.
‘They mentioned ‘we simply need the automotive’ but it surely’s not your automotive, what offers you the appropriate to take it?
‘It’s my spouse’s pleasure and pleasure, we wash it each weekend and she or he loves it – it’s so so irritating.
‘Fortunately I used to be there but when my spouse was on her personal that automotive can be gone and all we’d be capable of do is exit looking for it.’
Larger Manchester Police have been approached for remark.