17th Dec, 2017

Teacher attacked in Kenilworth School carjacking

Leamington Editorial 9th Jul, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

PUPILS watched on in horror as a teacher at Kenilworth School was attacked with a hammer by carjackers.

Two masked thugs cornered science teacher Richard Knee in the car park of the Leyes Lane school before stealing his Ford Fiesta on Monday evening (July 7).

The 41-year-old teacher was taken to Warwick Hospital for treatment to “slight injuries” suffered in the attack which happened in the upper school car park – outside the perimeter gates and security fencing – around 4pm, shortly after the end of the school day.

Headteacher Hayden Abbot released a statement to parents.

It read: “The police are dealing with the situation. They have informed us that it was his car that was targeted rather than him as an individual and it is unlikely that the perpetrators will come back on to the site.

“This is clearly a very serious incident and we are liaising closely with the police.

“At the time of the incident the majority of the students had left the site but a small number were still in school involved in various activities. Some of the students witnessed the incident and were understandably upset. The students were looked after by members of staff until they were collected by parents.

“Please be assured that as ever we take the care and security of your child very seriously.”

Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen either the stolen blue Ford Fiesta – registration BD14 VPV – or a dark coloured BMW, which it is believed could have been in the area at the time.

Anyone with information can call Warwickshire Police on 101 quoting incident 244 of July 7 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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