UPDATE: Pub landlords interrupted carjacking
Young driver targeted by desperate thief
A WOULD-be car thief was scared off by pub landlords after he allegedly tried to make off with a young woman’s vehicle, at Hunters Lodge.
He reportedly stopped the 18-year-old, saying he needed help, in the early hours of Saturday, September 11.
But Sarah and Neville Causeley, from The Hunter’s Lodge, heard the commotion and intervened.
Sarah said: “I heard her screaming and just opened the window and shouted to make him run off.
“We initially thought it was a domestic incident, but later realised it was more serious.
“The girl was very shaken by it.
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“It’s not a nice thing to happen to anyone.”
The offender made off on foot and police and sniffer dogs attended the scene to try to locate him.
The teenager stayed in the pub until her family came to pick her up.
A police spokesman said: “Police don’t wish to dissuade people from helping others who are genuinely in need.
“But, if people are in any doubt, we recommend they don’t stop but make a call to the police, outlining the cricumstances and their concerns - and leave it with the police to deal with.”
The man is described as a white male, aged around 25, 5ft 9inches tall, with a tanned complexion and of muscular build.
He is said to have dark, curly hair, which may have been gelled, short facial stubble and sideburns, and was wearing a red and orange t-shirt and dark jeans.
Police believe the man was in Axminster earlier in the evening and are seeking any information, which may assist in identifying him.
Anyone with information can call police on 08452 777444 or anonymously on Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting police reference KA/10/518.