A pensioner has spoken on his anger after his £13,000 stolen car was badly damaged in a crash.
Disabled Les Machin was putting a suitcase in the boot of his silver Kia Sportage with the engine running when a man jumped in and drove off at speed.
The 72-year-old – who was just about to head off on holiday to Weymouth with his pal Lyndon Adams – immediately rang 999 to report the theft.
Now he has been told the vehicle has been recovered – but it may be a write-off after it smashed into bollards and a telegraph pole in Mayer Street, Northwood.
A woman and a man have both been arrested following the collision on Tuesday evening.
Les, of Burslem, said: “The policeman came round my house to say they had found my car but it’s not in a good way. I’m relieved that it’s been recovered but I’m still very angry.
“Apparently it smashed into two concrete bollards and then hit another bollard and a telegraph pole. They had to cut down the pole to free my car. I’m a bit concerned it might be a write-off.
“It’s now with the police so they can carry out forensics.
“I’ve been on to the insurers again so I’ll have to see what they say. I’m still a bit concerned about how I’m going to pay to put the damage right.
“The people who did this are just scum. They don’t give a fig about me. They are probably only going to get a slap on the wrist.”
Les had been picking up Lyndon, aged 75, from Bank Hall Road, Smallthorne, at just after 6am on Monday when his car was taken.
The pair were about to set off to Dorset for a five-day caravan break but were left with no means of transport.
Les, who suffers with arthritis, added: “Lyndon is really upset as it happened outside his house. He only lost his wife to cancer six weeks ago and this is the last thing he needed.
“I don’t know when we’re going to get a holiday again.”
Officers with the armed response unit had come across Les’s car in Joiners Square.
The driver failed to pull over prompting the team to pursue the vehicle until it came to a stop in Lower Mayer Street in Northwood.
The occupants ran off on foot, but shortly after two arrests were made, with the assistance of officers from the Central Motorway Police Group.
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A 34-year-old man, from Longton, and a 40-year-old woman, of no fixed address, were held on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Two people have been arrested following the pursuit of a stolen vehicle in Stoke-on-Trent.
“It follows reports of a Kia Sportage being stolen on Monday from outside a drive in Bank Hall Road, Smallthorne.Both remain in police custody.”
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