Photo of lorry victim released

Police have released a photograph of a delivery driver lying unconscious in hospital, after being run over while attempting to stop his lorry being stolen.

Police: someone out there knows who did this

Five men have been arrested so far in connection with the investigation - but police are appealing for more information.

Det Chief Inspector Lucy Robinson from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said:

"Despite having made progress in our enquiry, this is still very much a live investigation and we remain open minded as to who may be responsible for this horrendous crime. I am convinced the answer lies locally. Someone out there will know who tried to steal that lorry and so cruelly left the victim for dead having run him over. I would urge anyone with any information to do the right thing and contact the Police.”

"I would also be interested to hear from anyone who was in the area of Wood Avenue, the social club known locally as the Fondue Club or the Bowls Club and the recreational area in front of those buildings at the end of the cul-de-sac of Wood Avenue. They may have seen something of assistance to us, a car or other small clue to help us identify these two men.”

Any witnesses who have not yet contacted police or anyone with information about events leading to the incident should call detectives on 01279 621802, email scdappeals@essex.police.pnn.police.uk or can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Photo of lorry victim released

David Fletcher remains in intensive care. He has not regained consciousness. Credit: Essex Police handout.

Police have released a photograph of a delivery driver lying unconscious in hospital, after being run over while attempting to stop his lorry being stolen.

David Fletcher from Upminster has been in intensive care since the incident on Tuesday 9th July - and has not regained consciousness. Police say his injuries are extensive - and likely to be life-changing.

The 58-year-old father of three had been making a delivery to a house in Wood Avenue in Purfleet, when two men jumped into his Mercedes lorry and tried to drive off.

He chased them and tried to grab hold of the keys through the driver’s window, but was dragged along the road for approximately 10 metres before being thrown from the moving vehicle. The lorry then drove over him.

David Fletcher pictured before the incident. Credit: Essex Police handout.