Witness appeal following serious assault and catalytic converter theft
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We are appealing for witnesses after a catalytic converter theft in Staines which led to a man sustaining serious injuries.
Police were called to Victoria Road in Staines just after 8pm last night (16 March) following several reports that a group of four men were stealing catalytic converters at the location. A man confronted the suspects and was attacked. He sustained serious facial injuries, including a suspected fractured eye socket, and injuries to his hand and fingers. He is currently receiving treatment in hospital, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Other residents were also threatened and forced to stay in their homes by the suspects, who were carrying weapons such as scaffolding poles or lengths of wood.
The suspects were described as four men wearing balaclavas, who made off in a vehicle prior to police arrival. Enquiries are still ongoing to determine the make and model of the vehicle.
Were you in the area around Victoria Lane or Moor Lane yesterday between 8pm and 8.30pm? Do you have CCTV, dashcam or helmet cam footage that many assist our investigation? If you know anything that may help us please get in touch quoting PR/45220028788 via:
If you do not wish to leave your name, you can also call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
We have seen a recent rise in cases of catalytic converter thefts, especially in areas of North Surrey such as Ashford and Stanwell. We think these cases are on the rise because of the increasing global price of metals such as palladium and rhodium.
Catalytic converter thieves are often involved in organised crime and arm themselves with poles and bats to deter members of the public from challenging them. They will use violence if confronted. Please do not approach them.
If you see or hear something that you think could be catalytic converter theft, we need to hear about it as soon as possible so we have the best chance of catching thieves in the act.
Spot the signs:
LOOK – cars are often (but not always) jacked up on their sides using a trolley jack
LISTEN – for the sound of drilling or cutting from underneath the vehicle
If you see or hear something suspicious that could be catalytic converter theft, make sure you’re a safe distance from the suspects and call 999. Give us as many details as possible about the suspects and their getaway vehicle. This will help officers track them if they leave before they can arrive.