THIS is the dramatic moment a man was tackled to the ground at a petrol station “after getting into a mum’s car as her terrified son sat inside.”
Drivers at the petrol station in Whitfield, Kent, responded to the screams by wrestling the man to the ground and tying his wrists together with cable tie wires.
Drivers tackled the stranger to the ground after he allegedly got in the car with the nine-year-old boyCredit: UKNIP
Brave onlookers tied his hands together following the screams at the petrol stationCredit: UKNIP
Mum Pippa Anne-Malcolm has revealed how she saw a stranger get into the front seat of her car – while her autistic son, nine, sat inside.
The dramatic ordeal happened at the BP petrol station on the A2 in Whitfield, Kent, around 7.30am yesterday.
After hearing her son’s screams, she dashed from the shop to her car, fearing for his safety.
Onlookers ran to help the boy and took matters into their own hands by tackling the strange man.
Footage shows a man yelling as he is pressed against the concrete slabbed floor.
The group of brave drivers tied his hands behind his back as another alerted the police.
One woman, wearing a McDonald’s high visibility jacket, is seen cutting the loose ends of the cable ties away.
The man is then turned over and sat up against a pumping station.
Police confirmed they arrested a man following the disturbance – and he remains in custody.
Ms Malcolm says the incident was the “most scary thing” she has ever experienced.
Speaking to KentOnline, she said: “I was in the shop and ran out to get my son out of the car. The man was sat in my driver’s seat.
“I got my son out and screamed for help. My son is nine and has autism.
“He sat there, watching me pull my son from the car while I was screaming for help.
“I have no idea what he wanted. He didn’t speak to me or my son.
“It is terrifying, I honestly have never felt so scared.”
She has since shared a message of thanks on social media to all those who helped her.
She said: “I just wanted to thank the scaffolders who helped me and my son this morning. It was the most scary thing I’ve ever experienced.
“My son is OK, thankfully.
“Thank you to everyone who checked on us while we waited for the police and offered us support.
“You all truly are heroes and we can never thank you enough.”
One woman who witnessed the ordeal, Tracy Squire, said: “All these men jumped on him. They were so quick thinking.
“They pinned him down and put cable ties on him. I just think the men are superheroes.”
A police spokesman said: “Kent Police was called at 7.42am on Tuesday 7 December 2021 to a report of a disturbance in Dover Road, Whitfield.
“During the incident, a man is reported to have entered a stationary vehicle before he was restrained by some members of the public.
“Officers attended the scene and arrested a man in his 50s on suspicion of attempting to steal a motor vehicle.
“He remains in custody as enquiries continue.”
The dramatic ordeal happened at the BP petrol station on the A2 in Whitfield, Kent, around 7.30 am yesterdayCredit: UkNewsinPictures
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