Milkman run over by his own float when thief jumps in front seat
A milkman was run over by his own float when an opportunist thief jumped in the front seat and used it as a getaway car.
CCTV footage shows the 59-year-old milkman pulling up outside a house in Dunmow, Essex, during his early morning round.
As he enters the garden, a thief walks up and jumps in the front cabin before driving away.
The milkman gives chase but as he reaches the door he is knocked over as he tries to stop the thief from escaping.
The incident happened at around 1.50am on High Fields in Dunmow on October 26.
The float was found two hours later burnt out, with dozens of milk bottles still on the back, a few miles away in Stebbing.
Luckily the driver, who works for Milk & More, only suffered minor injuries and has since returned to work.
Fire crews were called to tackle the fire, with nearby residents forced to evacuate their homes as it was near a gas sub-station.
Local resident Helen Haines added: Just awoken to loads of shouting and cries in the street outside.
Our milkman has had his milk float stolen and the thieves ran him over with it. Waiting for the ambulance now. What sick people are out there.
Haley Parsley, who posted pictures of the burnt out float on Facebook, said: Whats happened to our sleepy Stebbing.
Looks like it was a milk float. Used as a getaway car, really! Couldnt they find something better than that.
Seriously though, they set fire to it right next to a gas box and loads of houses, glad everyone is ok if not a bit shaken.
An Essex Police spokesman said: We were called shortly after 1.50am on Friday, October 26 with reports a man had been injured and his milk delivery van stolen.
It was stolen in High Fields, Dunmow, and struck the 59-year-old victims foot as it was driven off, causing him to fall to the ground. His injuries were not believed to be life changing.
A van, believed to the same one, was later found alight in The Downs, Stebbing, shortly before 3.45am. Enquiries are ongoing.
An Essex County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman added: Firefighters were called to reports of a vehicle fire in The Downs, Stebbing at 3.41am on 26 October.
On arrival, crews advised that a van was 100 per cent alight. The fire was extinguished by 4.31am. The van has been destroyed. The cause has been recorded as deliberate.