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Crowbar gang tackled by heroic rugby family in Guiseley
Masked raiders armed with crow bars who attacked a parked Range Rover were forced to flee when they were challenged by three rugby players.
Paul Exley and his teenage sons sprang into action when they saw the three attackers smashing up the Range Rover in the forecourt of Farnell vehicle showroom in Guiseley.
They ran to stop the criminals – and their speedy action prevented any further damage.
Paul, 46, and his sons James, 17, and David, 14, who all play for Aireborough RUFC, had been playing rugby when they called in to pick up a takeaway from the White Cross area of Guiseley on Saturday.
Paul said: “As my wife was ordering, myself and my two sons were sat in the car, and James saw three men get out of a van. They were wearing black balaclavas and carrying crow bars.
“I jumped out of the car and ran down the road shouting and carrying on. They were smashing the windows of a Range Rover which was on the forecourt.”
As Paul ran towards the attackers his sons followed him. “We all play rugby, so it’s a case of one in, all in,” he said. “We were just running towards them making a noise and trying to make them stop.
“They had crow bar, so I don’t know what would have happened if it had come to blows. They sped off into the traffic. We got the number of the vehicle but they were using false plates. We got in touch with the police straight away and they were there in a matter of minutes.”
Paul said the Range Rover, which was empty, had a sold sticker on it.
A spokesman for Farnell said: “Obviously we are very grateful indeed for local assistance, and it is good that the police response was so fast. It’s good that we are all working together in the community.”
A police spokesman said three men had been arrested. Two were released, and one remained on police bail.