A QUICK-THINKING member of staff foiled a car thief as he attempted to make off with a pick-up truck at Hampton Manor hotel.
Director and night manager Jonny Malcolm was conducting a routine night patrol of the building on Sunday when he noticed a hooded figure attempting to hotwire one of the hotel’s vehicles, a Mitsubishi Warrior.
After being discovered the would-be thief made his escape on foot with Mr Malcolm in pursuit.
He leapt over a fence before fleeing into the neighbouring church grounds.
The thief managed to get away, dropping a metal bar - which turned out to be a monkey wrench - as he fled.
“Although a little shaken by the incident I’m pleased my contribution ended with a positive outcome,” said Mr Malcolm.
“The vehicle is undergoing repairs but will continue to serve the purposes of maintaining the estate.”
Police arrived on the scene promptly and are pursuing a number of leads.
Following an incident on the site earlier in the year, Hampton Manor had taken advice from the police to improve security including CCTV, an alarm system covering out buildings, bar, cellars and restaurant and the introduction of regular night patrols on the estate.
Hampton Manor owner, Derrick Hill said: “It was pleasing to see these measures working effectively to fight crime in the neighbourhood.”
Further measures are being planned following the incident including out of hours barrier access.
Mr Malcolm added: “Having invested nearly £6m in purchasing and developing the hotel and fine dining restaurant the investors have already proved they will not be deterred by challenges - whether it be a turbulent economic climate or chasing off the perpetrators of crime.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact Solihull Police by calling them on 0345 1135000.