Driver ambushed by two men who stole minibus

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A MINIBUS driver from Sheffield has undergone surgery on a broken jaw after he was beaten up by two robbers who ambushed him as he parked his vehicle.

John Roe, aged 52, of Sicey Avenue, Shiregreen, Sheffield, had just returned home after an airport run when he was confronted by two men who jumped into his garden as he was locking up his minibus.

He said the pair started demanding his keys so he ran towards his house and began shouting for his wife so she could raise the alarm.

But the robbers grabbed hold of Mr Roe and struck him with a length of wood - with such force it broke his jaw.

Mr Roe was also pushed to the ground during the incident before the robbers drove off in his bus after grabbing the keys from his hands.

Mr Roe, who is self employed, said he was devastated by the robbery.

He told The Star: “They just appeared from nowhere as I was locking up so I think they were waiting for me.

“I tried to run to my house and was shouting for my wife to ring the police but it was too late - they knew what they wanted and they were going to do whatever was necessary to get it.

“The bus was my livelihood - without it I can’t earn any money, but they don’t care about that.

“I hope police find it and there isn’t too much damage. I need it to get back to work.

Mr Roe was taken to hospital where he had an operation on his jaw.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Officers are currently investigating a robbery, which occurred at around 10.50pm on Monday, September 12, on Sicey Avenue in the Shiregreen area of the city.

“It is believed a man was parking his vehicle at the time, when he has been approached by two men, who have demanded the keys to the vehicle. After a short struggle the two men have managed to get the keys and drive off in his vehicle.

“As a result of the incident the man sustained facial injuries.”

Witnesses or anyone with information about the attack are asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 and quote incident number 1,302 of September 12.

Alternatively, witnesses can contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.