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Friday, 19 November, 1999, 18:46 GMT
Quick-thinking driver foils 'carjacker'
Driver Mike Kisby managed to trap his hijacker inside the car

Police have praised a quick-thinking driver who stopped a man from hijacking his new car by locking him inside.

Motorist Mike Kisby had picked up his new car only a few hours before a man jumped in the back seat after a raid on a South Wales post office.

The raider shouted: "Drive away, drive away."

But 24-year-old Mike jumped out of the driver's seat and clicked the remote central locking button on his key-ring.

Trapped inside car

The shocked raider was left dead-locked inside the car trap for 10 minutes until police arrived to take him away from Pontygwaith near Ferndale, Rhondda.

Mike bought the two-year-old Vauxhall Vectra just hours before - and his sharp wits were praised by police after the bungled hold-up.

Engineer Mike said: "I had only had the car for a few hours - then this guy jumped in the back and told me to drive off.

"I was annoyed that some idiot was trying to hijack my car on the day I bought it.

"Luckily I had just read the owner's manual which said: 'Don't deadlock the car with someone inside because they can't get out.'

'Shocked and panic stricken'

"So I just jumped out and pressed the remote button to deadlock the doors.

"He looked very shocked and panic stricken.

"He was desperately trying to get the door lock buttons up but they wouldn't move.

"Then when the police turned up to take him away he was frantically trying to keep the buttons down again."

The raider had just grabbed 300 from the village post office and was trying to escape from post-master Phil Jones.

'Acted very quickly'

Phil said: "I was desperately chasing after him when I saw him jump into this car.

"I was amazed when the driver jumped out and locked him in. The look on this guy's face in the back seat was a treat."

Inspector Paul Cannon, of South Wales police, said: "He didn't panic and acted very quickly to protect his car - and help us."

A 23-year-old man is being questioned about the armed raid on Thursday night.

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