Man seriously injured after foiling lorry robbery

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Victim was coming from Burnfoot wake



A LOCAL man is extremely lucky to be alive after he suffered serious injuries to his legs, pelvis and chest whilst trying to apprehend two burglars in Burnfoot last night.

The man had been attending a wake at Elaghbeg, Burnfoot, on the main Buncrana-Derry road last night around 7.30pm when he saw two men in the process of breaking into his lorry, which was parked on the hard shoulder of the road.

Upon seeing the burglars, the man ran to try and apprehend them but they jumped into a silver car, which had been parked at the rear of the lorry.

The getaway car – with the partial registration TUI – made off in the direction of Derry while the man was still hanging onto the vehicle. The man was dragged along by the car before falling off and struck by another car coming from the opposite direction.

Superintendent Eugene McGovern said the man was extremely lucky to be alive and has appealed for the public’s assistance in their investigation.

He asked anyone who witnessed the incident, or who saw the silver TUI car in the Bridgend area at that time, to ring Buncrana Gardaí immediately on 07493-20540.

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Katie Barr

Katie followed up a degree in journalism studies at the University of Ulster, Coleraine with a post-graduate diploma in journalism from Salford University, Manchester. She worked as a reporter at the Derry Journal, before joining the Inishowen Independent newspaper in 2012.

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