Detectives are appealing for CCTV and dashboard mounted camera footage after a car was stolen during an aggravated burglary in Leyland.
Police were called around 10.20am on Friday (July 31) to reports of an incident at an address in Towngate.
Earlier in the morning, around 8.15am, a man in his 50s reported answering the door to a group of people who claimed to be looking for a woman in the property.
The group allegedly forced their way inside and attacked the victim, hitting him across the face, back and body. It was reported they stole money, a mobile phone and keys before making off from the scene in the victim’s silver Nissan Micra, registration plate AD04 CMU.
The vehicle was later seen travelling in Towngate, towards Longmeaneygate and onto Penwortham Way where it collided with a Morrisons supermarket lorry. The car was later stopped in the car park at Booths supermarket in Penwortham before being driven to Glenway where a male got out and walked towards Cop Lane.
It was later reported the car was pushed towards Hurst Park before being set alight.
Police attended the scene and made a number of arrests.
Detectives are appealing for information and urging anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage, showing the vehicle between 8.15am and 9.30am on Friday (July 31), to come forward.
Det Con Deborah Parkinson, of Lancashire Police, said: “We have launched an investigation following an aggravated burglary in Leyland.
“We believe a man has been attacked in his own home before having his car stolen and later set alight.
“While we have made a number of arrests, we are appealing for people with information, particularly CCTV or dashcam, showing the vehicle involved, to come forward.
“This is a serious incident and we believe a number of people will have seen the vehicle in question.”
Anyone with information can contact police on (01257) 246172 or e-mail [email protected]
A 17-year-old boy from Leyland, a 16-year-old boy from Manchester and a 19-year-old man from Salford were arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and bailed to August 25.
A 38-year-old woman from Leyland was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and bailed to August 28.
A 44-year-old man from Preston was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and bailed to August 25.