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Man killed by his own stolen car
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The man had been putting his car away in his lock-up garage
A father-of-four has died after being knocked over by his own car which was being driven away by thieves.

Ken Bostock was putting his car in his garage in Waterside, Netherton, Merseyside, when two men climbed into the vehicle and started to drive off.

Mr Bostock, who would have celebrated his 67th birthday on Thursday, tried to stop the men, but was struck by the Volkswagen. He died later in hospital.

Merseyside Police said they were treating his death as murder.

They said the black-coloured Golf was found a few hours later, abandoned and burnt out on Glover's Lane in Netherton.

He'd lived around here for a long time... he seemed like a really decent, quiet man
Peter Costello, neighbour

Mr Bostock was a retired bus driver with three daughters and one son.

He had collected his wife from work and was putting the car in the lock-up garage, which is separate from his house.

When he did not return to the house, his wife went to look for him and found him being given first aid by a neighbour.

Neighbour Sandy Nolan said he was a "lovely quiet man".

"You would see him round and about in his car, which was obviously his pride and joy.

"It was always gleaming and there was never a speck of dirt on it. It's really sad what's happened."

Map showing Waterside, in Netherton, Merseyside

Another neighbour, Peter Costello, said he saw Mr Bostock on the ground afterwards.

"I heard something going on outside so I went to have a look," he said.

"He was lying on the ground and he was obviously in a bad way.

"One of the neighbours was tending to him, giving him basic first aid, clearing his airways and that sort of thing, but it looked pretty serious.

"He'd lived around here for a long time. I didn't really know him but he seemed like a really decent, quiet man."

He would have been celebrating his 67th birthday today but sadly, his family will remember this day for all the wrong reasons
Det Ch Insp Bob Marsden, Merseyside Police

One man, who asked not to be named, said: "My wife's car has been broken into three times in the last year.

"You get these kids, maybe 14 or 15, wearing hoodies and causing a nuisance."

Det Ch Insp Bob Marsden, of Merseyside Police, said he thought the culprits were local.

"This man was simply trying to protect his property," he said.

"He would have been celebrating his 67th birthday today but sadly, his family will remember this day for all the wrong reasons."

He added the estate suffered from a small amount of nuisance crime but was generally considered to be a safe and peaceful area.

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