Man’s hand ‘cut off’ in terrifying Rotherham carjacking

A man had his hand severed during a terrifying carjacking in Rotherham.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 08 April, 2019, 13:54

The 25-year-old suffered the ‘life-changing arm injury’ and had his car stolen after being attacked by a gang of men when he pulled over on East Bawtry Road, Whiston, at around 10.50pm on Sunday.

Police said the man, who was travelling alone in a white Mercedes, briefly pulled over close to the junction with Lease Gate Road.

East Bawtry Road at the junction with Lease Gate Road, Whiston. Picture: Sam Cooper / The Star

As he got out of his car it was reported that he was approached by a group of unknown men and attacked with a with metal weapon.

The attackers, who got out of a dark-coloured vehicle, then left the scene in the victim’s Mercedes.

The victim was taken to hospital, where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

One resident on Lease Gate Road said: “It’s shocking. I didn’t hear anything but that might be because we’re used to the noise of the road anyway.

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“You don’t normally get anything like that around here.”

Another homeowner said they had been told weapon used was a machete but that remained unconfirmed.

A shopowner, who also did not want to be named, said: “I couldn't get parked this morning because of the cordon but by the sounds of it, it was something that was planned.”

In a statement, South Yorkshire Police said: “The victim was taken to hospital with a life changing arm injury. He remains in a serious but stable condition.

“An investigation is under way and officers are currently following a number of lines of enquiry including reviewing CCTV and house-to-house visits.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident 985 of April 7 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.