Carjacking victim speaks out

PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 May 2011

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A 75-YEAR-OLD carjacking victim is urging motorists not to get duped by the devious crook who stole her vehicle as she arrived back at her Weston home.

Jacqueline Jackson has warned people to be on their guard following the theft in which a man tricked her into getting out of her Ford Ka before jumping in it and speeding off.

The retired housekeeper was driving into the private garage area of her block of flats near Clarence Park last week when she saw a cyclist frantically gesturing at her tyre.

She told the Mercury: “He was pointing in a desperate sort of way, and was saying ‘look, look, look’ which concerned me.

“I got out of my car to look at the wheel but left my handbag on the passenger seat which I really regret, and then the next thing I know he was driving off.

“Because I was in my own garage drive in my own property you think you are safe.”

The man, who left his bike behind, had to turn the car around before fleeing.

Mrs Jackson added: “I was furious with myself for being so stupid, I feel very stupid for allowing that to happen but it was just so believable.

“The next day I felt sick and cold but after that I thought I’m not going to let it bother me.”

Mrs Jackson’s car was recovered in Stafford Road a few hours after it was stolen but her handbag, which contained £35 in notes, bank cards, keys, a bus pass and her diary, was missing.

The resilient mother-of-three, who said she has not been affected by the incident, was targeted by thieves again when the contents of her garage were stolen in the early hours of Saturday.

Mrs Jackson, whose car is undergoing work and was not in her garage at the time of the burglary, said: “All of the locks had been changed apart from the garage.

“I don’t know if it was definitely the same person but my garage was the only one that had been broken into. I won’t be keeping anything in my garage from now on.”

The carjacker is described as a white man in his 30s, of slim build, around five ft eight ins with a round face. He was wearing a white cap, and light clothing.

Police are urging anyone who was in the Clarence Park area at around 8.25pm on April 26 who saw a person matching the description, or anyone with information about the incidents to ring them on 0845 456 7000.

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