A dramatic attempt to steal a motorbike which resulted in a police chase and head-on smash has been captured on video.
The shocking scene which has been dubbed ‘Grand Theft Batley’ has gone viral on social media after the incident on Tuesday outside Jem Speed Shop at Brookroyd Mills in Bradford Road.
Josh Gudgeon, who captured the video, said: “Police were at the engineering firm behind us after they’d had a flat bed truck stolen.
“We have loads of CCTV and they watched it and worked out the truck thief had arrived on a stolen bike which he’d parked outside our shop.
“As police were watching the footage, a guy on a motorbike pulls up and his passenger runs out to retrieve the stolen bike which he’d left earlier as he’d driven off in a stolen van.
“The first bike leaves but the second one is struck by a Jag as a police officer and a customer ran to stop him.”
Josh said the bizarre incident was captured as they were already recording for the shop’s weekly blog.
He added: “It’s unbelievable what happened. The police officer did really well as he caught the guy and together with another customer he detained him.
“Police back up was also really quick and the guy was arrested and had ankle injuries. The driver of the Jag wasn’t hurt and he wasn’t too upset as it was a company car!”