Mansfield shopper left shaken after car theft attempt

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A YOUNG woman was left shaken after an assault in Mansfield town centre in which a man tried to also steal her car.

The terrifying incident happened in a car park off Regent Street, just before 3.30pm yesterday, Sunday 5th May 2013.

The 20-year-old woman was attacked and forced into the passenger seat of her car by a man, who then attempted to drive off in it.

When another woman, aged 46, tried to intervene — allowing his victim to escape — he threatened her and fled with the keys.

A 17-year-old boy who grappled with the offender, after giving chase, received minor injuries.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and remains in police custody where he will be questioned by detectives.

Det Insp Rich Monk, of Mansfield CID, said: “This robbery took place in a busy shopping area while many were getting into their vehicles to return home. Did you see the attack? If so, we’d like to hear from you.

“I would like to acknowledge and thank the people who came to the woman’s rescue. They showed real courage, risking injury to themselves in the protection of another. It’s comforting to know there are people of such calibre out there.

“Patrols have been increased in the area to reassure shoppers and deter further crime. I’d like to add that incidents such as this are very rare, certainly in this type of bustling location in broad daylight.”

If you saw the robbery or have any information contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 560 of Sunday 5 May 2013, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.