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Royal Mail hero saves Christmas after chasing stolen postal van

13 Dec 2018, 16:44

https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornw ... es-2323238

James MacDonald called 999 as he chased the postal van which had been stolen at knife-point

A hero Royal Mail manager has saved Christmas after he chased a stolen postal van full of presents.

The van was stolen at knife-point on Wednesday in Mullion on the Lizard peninsula – which only has one major road back to Helston.


As the manager was heading down onto the Lizard to check on his shocked member of staff, he was stunned to see the stolen red van coming in the opposite direction.

Swinging his car around in the road, James MacDonald chased the offender back towards Helston while he called 999.

James, 29, said: “I got the call from my post officer around 3pm that someone had stolen his van. I jumped in my car to drive down there.

“There’s only really one road out of there and I saw the guy in the van coming in the opposite direction. I swung round and chased him. I was in my private car. It’s a black BMW so he might have thought it was an unmarked police car.

“He was swerving and overtaking. He must have realised he’d been seen. I am on the phone to 999 giving them street names.”

He said he chased the stolen van back into Helston and into the Trengrouse Way public car park.

“He pulled into the Budgens’ car park and we locked eyes,” he added. “He then drove away again.”

James was surprised to discover that the offender headed next to Helston's Royal Mail delivery office, where he dumped the van in the car park at the rear of the building.

"He was blocked in. I think he tried to do a runner but the police arrived at that point and jumped on him,” added James.

“I must say that the vehicle was recovered with all its contents. At the end of the day, it’s people’s Christmas presents. I didn’t want any to go missing.”

He said the staff member whose van was stolen was a little shocked by the incident but unhurt.

“This isn’t something that occurs regularly and especially not down here in Cornwall,” James said. “If it wasn’t for me following him, he might well have got away. It’s so bizarre that he headed back to the Royal Mail yard but at least we got everything back.”

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "There was a report of a post office van which had been taken by a male offender with a knife. One man is now in police custody and the vehicle has been recovered. Nobody was injured."

A Royal Mail spokeswoman added: "We can confirm a Royal Mail vehicle was stolen yesterday. Fortunately no one was hurt and the vehicle was recovered. The police arrested a man and we are helping them with this incident.”

Royal Mail hero saves Christmas after chasing stolen postal van

13 Dec 2018, 19:14

Swinging his car around in the road, James MacDonald chased the offender back towards Helston while he called 999.
was swerving and overtaking. He must have realised he’d been seen. I am on the phone to 999 giving them street names.”
interesting as Royal Mail have a policy of no phones while driving even hands free

Royal Mail hero saves Christmas after chasing stolen postal van

14 Dec 2018, 14:14

What is it with DOMs and LINOs with their German cars. They ALL have them, lol. :thumbup anyway we'll done to him anyway. Doing the right thing, however stupid, sometimes needs a pay on the back. :thumbup

Royal Mail hero saves Christmas after chasing stolen postal van

14 Dec 2018, 14:32

Navalron wrote:What is it with DOMs and LINOs with their German cars. They ALL have them, lol. :thumbup anyway we'll done to him anyway. Doing the right thing, however stupid, sometimes needs a pay on the back. :thumbup

Froidien slip there, you said 'pay' on the back, didn't you mean 'pat' .....or not.lol. The length some go to get their bonus. Thought we're told not to put yourself in danger in such circumstances.

Royal Mail hero saves Christmas after chasing stolen postal van

14 Dec 2018, 18:48

Typical manager, lol. On his way to check on his shocked colleague, sees the nicked van and thinks 'f**k him, I'll go after the mail."

Wouldn't it have been better to get to his colleague, check he was okay first and then ring the law with the van's known location?

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