A father has spoken of the terrifying moment five masked gunman forced him and his four-year-old daughter from his car.
Graham Glover, 37, of Cantley, left his friend’s house on Coterel Crescent between 7.30pm and 7.40pm on Tuesday, September 29.
He was travelling in his white Ford Kuga on nearby Levet Road minutes later when he was stopped by black BMW.
Graham said: “When I left my friend’s house I heard tyres screeching in the distance, but I didn’t think anything of it.
“When I turned the corner on to Levet Road I saw a black BMW coming towards me, it was all over the road, it was obviously badly damaged.
“They forced me to stop my car and then five masked gun men got out and started coming towards me.
“They were shouting, get out of the car, get out of the car. They all had shot guns.”
Graham’s young daughter, Gracie Glover, who had been seating in the passenger seat in a booster seat, was hysterical as the men approached the car and took them both out.
“My daughter was hysterical. She said daddy they’ve got guns, they’re going to shoot you,” said Graham.
“I was just thinking of her safety. I couldn’t protect her like I wanted to. We were both shaken.
“They were all big blokes. The two that got me out of the car did say we’re not going to hurt you, we just want your car.”
The hijackers quickly sped off down Levet Lane in the direction of Everingham Road, leaving Graham and Gracie standing in the middle of the road. Graham immediately called 999 and armed police attended the scene.
“There were four armed officers and three other officers,” said Graham.
“Myself and my daughter are still a bit traumatised by it. We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“It’s had a massive impact on the whole family. The car was my dad’s. He’s disabled and now he can’t get out and about.”
One man, who lives on Levet Road but did not want to be identified, said: “I didn’t see or hear anything, but the police came to my door around 8pm asking if I knew anything.
“They didn’t tell me anything, but I saw a car in the middle of the road with all the doors open and lots of police around.
“There were at least four officers with weapons. I’ve lived here for a long time and I’ve never seen anything like this before. It was like something out of a Western. The police officers were here until nearly midnight.”
Another woman, who also wanted to remain anonymous, said she saw a car which was being driven erratically leaving Everingham Road and turning down Levet Road around the time of the incident.
“There was a car that went round the corner with all the doors open at around 8pm. It made a right screeching sound, it was going all funny in the road,” she said.
A neighbour added: “There’s always something going off in Cantley. Levet Road in notorious, there’s always police cars going down there.”
A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “Officers were called to Everingham Road, Doncaster at 7.35pm on Tuesday, September 29, following reports of loud bangs in the surrounding area.
While officers were investigating the source of the load bangs, a further report was made from a man who had his car stopped and then stolen by a group of masked men, who were seen to be carrying a firearm, on nearby Levet Road.
The five men, who were all wearing balaclavas, told the man and his four-year-old daughter to get out of their white coloured Ford Kuga 4x4 vehicle. The men then left the scene in the stolen vehicle abandoning a black coloured BMW 5 Series vehicle they had been travelling in.”
Detective Sergeant Liza-Jo Hope, from the Force’s Crime Unit, said: “Fortunately the victim and his daughter were not injured in the incident, but have been left understandably shaken by what took place.
“The stolen white coloured Ford Kuga 4x4 has still not been recovered and I need the public’s help to trace that vehicle. The registration plate of the Kuga is: YP15 OYB.
“Have you seen this vehicle in the local area in the last 48 hours? Has it been sat on your road over the last day?
“We believe the loud bangs people have heard and the later theft of a car are related to the same group of men.
“At this stage we have not found any evidence of a firearm discharge but I understand this incident will have caused understandable concern to local residents.
“I would reassure people that we are treating the incident as a priority and all the necessary resources you would expect are being used to identify those responsible for this incident. Patrols in the area have been increased and will remain in place for the foreseeable future to reassure local residents.”
Anyone with information about either incident are asked to contact police via 101 and quote incident number 995 from 29 September.