Pub landlady run over by robbers’ car

Pub landlady run over by robbers’ car

A PUB landlady suffered catastrophic injuries when she was twice run over by robbers in Earlsheaton.

Carol Frain, 54, suffered a double hip fracture, a broken shoulder and spinal injuries in the bag-snatch.

Carol, the landlady at the Spangled Bull, was struck at around midnight last Friday by a car which then reversed over her before speeding off.

She is now recovering in Pinderfields Hospital after having her shoulder and hips pinned during surgery and is likely to remain there for a minimum of six weeks.

Carol, below, who lost the feeling in her legs after the incident, was being kept on a morphine drip. The shocking attack happened as she got out of a taxi with husband Shaun, 44, near their home on Frances Road.

Two men were seen in a car parked in a layby on Town Street, near the pub.

The vehicle is believed to have followed the taxi carrying Carol and Shaun in the hope of stealing that night’s pub takings.

As Carol paid the taxi driver, a suspect ran up and grabbed her handbag, which she clung onto, although it did not contain the takings.

She was dragged by the man towards the car, which smashed into her.

The vehicle reversed back over her while she lay in the road as it tried to escape down the narrow street. It eventually sped off.

Carol’s daughter Amie, 23, was at home and said: “I was in bed when I heard a commotion outside.

“I thought I heard my mum’s voice, so I went to a window to see what was happening and saw her lying in the road and my dad chasing after a car.

“I raced outside to my mum, who was on the ground. She was very scared because she couldn’t feel her legs.”

Carol’s mobile phone was found at the junction of Bennett Lane and Leeds Road and her handbag was discovered in Cracken-edge, so it is thought the car travelled along Bennett Lane and into Dewsbury.

Carol’s bag contained some cash and the keys to the pub, so Amie and her sister Danielle, 22, sat up at the pub until 5am until the locks could be changed, in case the culprits returned.

The pub opened later on Saturday. Some of Carol’s injuries were sustained when she was pulled along the ground as she clung to her handbag.

The man dragging her, who jumped into a passenger seat, is white with dark hair and he spoke with a foreign accent.

Det Insp Andy Leonard, of Kirklees CID, said: “The victim travelled home from the Spangled Bull pub so it’s a possibility she was followed.”

He described it as “a particularly nasty incident” and appealed for witnesses who might have seen a speeding car in the area.

Anyone with information can call Det Con Mark Willetts at Kirklees CID on 101 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.


Photo by Mike Clark

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