Would-be hijackers foiled

2008-09-29 00:00

The tables were turned against a group of would-be hijackers last Friday when a man they were chasing made a U-turn and started chasing them, getting the registration number of their car in the process.

Marc Brooker (30) said he was housesitting for his parents, who live next door to him and his wife in King Edward Avenue, Scottsville, when he became suspicious of an old Honda Ballade with tinted windows parked on the yellow line on the busy road. People seldom park there. “They normally park on the pavement because the road can be busy … But when I drove out, I instinctively came out with the car facing the front instead of reversing as I would often do. And I think if I had got out to close the gate, they would have got me.”

He said he noticed three people in the car, though there might have been more, when he drove off.

“I put on my indicator to turn right and realised that the car was right behind me. It happened so quickly, I swerved to the left, but they couldn’t follow me because the island prevented them.

When they thought they had lost me, they turned around and drove off towards Pelham.” Though Brooker realised it was risky, he decided to give chase and noted the number plate of the car in the process.

But he said he was disappointed with the police’s initial reaction when he went to report the matter at the Alexandra police station.

“They were reading the paper and could not to be bothered.”

He said the area has had a lot of crime, particularly in the last two weeks, with stolen items including mag wheels, a car radio and laundry. A neighbour who lives in a student digs next door said a woman in their house caught someone trying to steal jewellery through a window.

“I think it is upsetting; we have a lot of girls living in the area who are alone from time to time. If my wife came back half an hour before me that evening she would not have been able to defend herself,” said Brooker.

“We have barbed wire and have tried to step up on security, but the bottom line is no one enjoys this, it is an invasion of privacy.”

Police said no official case has been opened yet, but they are following up on the information supplied by Brooker.

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