Have-a-go hero leaps into action to foil bungling teenage thief

BADLY DAMAGED: The van which took the brunt of the attempted theft
BADLY DAMAGED: The van which took the brunt of the attempted theft
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A would-be thief was foiled when a man reached through the window of the van he was trying to steal – while it was moving.

The have-a-go hero has today told how he leapt into action to foil the teenager , who said “sorry” as he ran off following the bungled attempt.

I had a split second to act – there was no way I was going to let the van go.

Ryan Addams

Ryan Addams, from Lea, was able to get the keys out of the ignition to stop the theft but as he gave chase when the offender ran off, the van continued to roll into a tree – causing £2,000 of damage.

The 32-year-old said: “I had a split second to act – there was no way I was going to let the van go. We heard the ignition turn over and I bolted for the driver’s side door.

“I was able to get turn the keys off and get them out. It was an eventful day to say the least.”

Mr Addams, who works for bouncy castle hire firm Blackpool Bounce, was clearing equipment in the field at St Albans Church, St Annes, on Sunday when the incident happened at around 7.45pm.

Anthony Thackray, owner of Blackpool Bounce, said: “The lads were rolling up the castles about 10ft away from the van.

“I think the thief went in to scope out what was in the van.”

Instead, he found the keys had been left in the ignition and tried to drive off.

Mr Addams’s quick-thinking helped stop him getting away with the vehicle but the would-be thief was too quick for him.

He said: “He bolted through the passenger door and the van carried on into the tree, which caused the damage.”

The teenager is described around 5ft 7ins tall, slim build and with short blonde hair.

A Lancashire Police spokesman confirmed the force is investigating, adding: “If anybody has any information about this incident, please call police on 101.”