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Petrol thief ran over brave PCSO

A MAN knocked a PCSO off his bike as he fled in his car after stealing fuel from a service station in Olton.

A MAN knocked a PCSO off his bike as he fled in his car after stealing fuel from a service station in Olton.

Otman Massud, aged 25, admitted theft and dangerous driving at Leamington Justice Centre on Tuesday, February 15.

The court heard the incident occurred at the Tesco Express station in Warwick Road in July last year, when Massud, of Essex, stole more than £60 worth of petrol.

Judge Charles Harris QC adjourned the case until next month for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Police Community Support Officer Riccardo Gambino, a member of the Olton neighbourhood team, was left with cuts and bruises after he tried to stop Massud’s Peugeot 406 leaving the garage forecourt by blocking its exit with his bike.

The 46-year-old said he “did not have time to react as it happened so quickly”.

“I had a hunch he was stealing fuel,” PCSO Gambino said.

“I came towards the car and requested the car to stop. He shouted ‘What have I done? I’ve done nothing.’ Then he just put his foot down.He drove at me and I got knocked to the floor. The front wheel of my bike was snapped in half and I had cuts and bruises.

“I suppose it was a one in a million chance to actually see a petrol theft while I was there.”

 

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