Moped thief wanted to run over me

Clayton Brook PCSO Lauren Murphy was run over by a stolen moped
Clayton Brook PCSO Lauren Murphy was run over by a stolen moped
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A PCSO says she could have been seriously injured after a stolen moped was driven straight at her.

Lauren Murphy, who covers Clayton-le-Woods, escaped with a badly bruised foot after being run over – but she says it could have been a lot worse.

PCSO Murphy was responding to calls that a youth was riding through Clayton Brook on a stolen moped.

She said: “I was chasing him in a car and he knew I was on to him, so he went up on to the pavement and started driving down a public footpath.

“I drove round to where the footpath ended and got out of the car, thinking that if I stood in the middle of the path, it’d force him to stop.

“But instead he rode straight for me and went over my foot.”

PCSO Murphy has not taken any time of work despite being left in some pain by the incident.

“It all happened so fast and he got away after running over my foot,” she said.

“There are so many rat-runs and alleyways in the area. I’m so annoyed about it.”

The moped was reported missing after being taken from the front of a house in an overnight raid last Saturday.

It is the latest in a spate of burglaries in the Clayton Brook area this month.

A total of 13 items have been taken from houses and gardens in May already – up fron six this time last year.

- For the full story, see this week’s Chorley Guardian