A brazen thief hopped in an Audi convertible while its driver was checking the pressure on his tyres at a Huddersfield petrol station - and then drove off.

Det Insp Ian Mottershaw of Kirklees CID said the incident occurred at 3.40pm on Friday on the forecourt at Morrisons petrol station, Penny Lane, Waterloo.

He said: "The 61-year-old owner suffered minor injuries. Anyone who has any information regarding this incident should phone 101."

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Police said the victim did not require hospital treatment.

The incident happened just days after detectives warned residents about a series of thefts which have been taking place in Huddersfield in which cars have been stolen from petrol stations whilst the victims have been paying for fuel

Over the past month, officers have seen a sharp rise in these type of offences which have involved car owners leaving the keys in the ignition while paying for fuel.

Police have urged drivers to be vigilant and to ensure they remove keys and lock the car whilst paying.