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Morley man dragged for 100 yards behind stolen van

TERRIFYING ORDEAL Irvin Shorte suffered internal bleeding after being dragged along the street.

TERRIFYING ORDEAL Irvin Shorte suffered internal bleeding after being dragged along the street.

An electrician feared for his life when a thief stole the van he was working on, dragging him behind it for 100 yards.

Irvin Shorte was fitting a sat-nav and blue tooth technology in the back of the van in Cottingley when the man jumped in the driver’s seat.

Mr Shorte’s arm was tangled in wires and he was helpless as the thief sped off.

Sparks flew from his steel toe-capped boots as he was pulled along Millshaw Park Avenue last Monday lunchtime.

“I was shouting at him to stop, but he showed no sign of slowing down,” he said.

Mr Shorte, 50, suffered multiple injuries including cuts, bruises and internal bleeding.

The father-of-three from Morley said: “I’m not the type of guy who’s easily frightened, but this was something else.”

Mr Shorte was dragged backwards as the van flew along the road.

But the door slammed shut as it sped round a corner, freeing his hand from the wires.

“I hit the other door and then spun off onto the kerb,” said Mr Shorte.

Self-employed Mr Shorte spent eight hours in hospital, but returned to work this week because he could not afford any more time away from his auto-electricals business.

The Renault Trafic van was found abandoned later in nearby Marchant Way.

Mr Shorte said: “When they catch him they need to bring the law down on him heavily.

“He could have killed me, he could have killed someone else. He had no regard for anyone’s safety.”

Anyone with information about the van theft at 12.25pm on December 2 should call PC Deborah Box on 0113 2414704.

 

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