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Have-a-go hero dragged down valley road by car; Callous thieves then tried to run over engineer boss.

Byline: By Nick Lavigueur

A DARING engineer has relived the terrifying moment he was dragged behind a speeding car for more than 200 yards as he bravely tackled escaping burglars.

The callous thieves then turned to potential killers when they tried to run him over as he lay helpless in the road.

Have-a-go hero, Chris Holmes, from ScapegoatHill, was outraged when he spotted a man loading valuable aluminium parts into a car by the entrance to his Milnsbridge-based engineering business at Cliffe End Mills, Dale Street, at 1.55pm on Friday July 11.

Thinking nothing of his own safety, Mr Holmes, 42, ran outside and tried to stop the raider.

He said: "He saw me coming and he turned round and shot into the car.

"I dived at the back of the car and gotmy right arminto the boot and with the other arm I was throwing things out the whole time as he was dragging me.

"I'm not sure how fast he was going but he really nailed it."

Hanging on with only one arm MrHolmes was dragged out of the small industrial park down Dale Street towardsMilnsbridge, all the way to the viaduct and partially up Lowergate, managing to rescue several of the stolen items, including one valuable client piece worth pounds 850.

As Mr Holmes slipped off the back of the car into the road, things took a chilling turn for the worse when the desperate thieves engaged reverse and tried to run him down.

"I didn't have time, I'd just got up and he reversed at me.

"I grabbed onto the back so I didn't get dragged under."

Still undeterred, Mr Holmes got up again and ran up to the back of the car as it stopped outside Haver Motors and managed to grab one more stolen item from the open boot before it screeched off up Lower Gate.

Ian Swallow, 33, a mechanic at Haver Motors, said he had heard the commotion and had gone running over to help.

He said: "I was under a car and I heard some arguing and shouting. I saw the Golf and I assumed he had a flat tyre but then I saw him (Mr Holmes) running up. I grabbed a metal bar and ran up but I was too late and they got away."

Having cheated possible death and reclaiming most of his property, MrHolmes walked away with only minor cuts and scrapes - and even managed to write down the car registration number.

A divorced father of three, Mr Holmes added that no one was surprised at his heroic actions.

"It's not the first time, I've done it before," he said, "I tried to stop a pick-up truck that was nicking stuff from us. I grabbed onto the back and he tried to cut me in half against the wall - but he got away."

And Mr Holmes was unrepentant about his death defying actions saying he wouldn't hesitate to do it again.

It is now thought there were two men in the dark coloured VW Golf, possibly green, registration YE54 DCF. One is a white male in his late 40s, 5ft 8ins tall, plump build, appeared sun tanned, short hair, wearing a striped polo shirt.

There is no description of the other man.

It is thought the car is from the Barnsley area.

CONTACT: Anyone with any information should call the police on 0845-6060606 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111

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BRAVE: Chris Holmes told how he was hanging on to the car with only one arm as he was dragged out of the small industrial park down Dale Street towards Milnsbridge, all the way to the viaduct and partially up Lowergate, managing to rescue several of the stolen items. Then he slipped off the back of the car and the desperate thieves tried to run him down Picture by Paul Welch (PW170708Aholmes-04)
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 19, 2008
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