Leeds & West Yorkshire

Middleton: Man struck by van during Leeds robbery

Van and police cars
Image caption Police closed Thorpe Lane in the Middleton area of Leeds to deal with the incident

A man has been struck down as he attempted to stop a stolen van during a robbery.

Eyewitnesses told the BBC the man had been trapped underneath the white Ford Transit in Leeds.

West Yorkshire Police said the victim, in his 50s, had pursued the vehicle in a car and then "confronted the thieves" on Thorpe Lane, in the Middleton area of the city, shortly before 13:30 BST.

The two suspects fled and a police helicopter was scouring the area.

Officers said the man suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital for emergency treatment. His condition was not believed to be life threatening.

"Initial enquiries suggest the van had been stolen a short time before from Thorpe Crescent and the injured man and others had pursued it in a car and confronted the thieves near to the junction with Thorpe Mount," a spokesman for the force said.

A damaged Vauxhall Vectra has been pictured near to the white van.

Image caption A damaged black Vauxhall Vectra was pictured nearby

Road closures were in place in Thorpe Lane while police searched neighbouring fields for the suspects.

The force has appealed for any witnesses to contact them.

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