Tuesday 17 October 2017

L-driver held over 'car-jacking'

Those who pass their test on or after August 1 will have to display an 'N' or Novice plate for two years
Those who pass their test on or after August 1 will have to display an 'N' or Novice plate for two years

A learner driver has been arrested on suspicion of car-jacking his instructor in the middle of a lesson, police have said.

Officers from West Midlands Police detained the 22-year-old man early today at his home in Erdington, Birmingham, on suspicion of robbery and assault.

The instructor, aged 56, suffered cuts and bruises after being punched and kicked in Church Lane, Handsworth, yesterday afternoon.

The learner is then alleged to have driven away in the victim's Nissan Note, which has yet to be traced.

Detective Constable Darren Wilkie, from Birmingham West and Central Police's Acquisitive Crime Team, said: "It appears the man owed money for earlier lessons and, when the instructor asked for payment his student responded aggressively.

"The instructor was punched in the face and attacked again minutes later.

"Thankfully the instructor suffered just cuts and bruises but was understandably shocked to have been attacked by someone he was tutoring."

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