John Mann A different kind of MP
Outspoken Labour MP, John Mann was lucky to survive a 200 mile journey on the A1 with wheel nuts removed from all of his tyres.
Mann drove back to his constituency on the evening of Monday 7th August from Parliament and struggled to control his car once it left the A1 in Nottinghamshire.
Mann had noted an apparent engine noise on the journey, but it was only on the winding country lanes off the A1 that the problem really kicked in and it ended up with the right hand front wheel virtually falling off in the car park of his constituency office.
Unbeknown to the Bassetlaw MP his front wheels had been stripped of their wheel nuts plus all four locking nuts had been removed from each of his tyres.
Incredibly the wheel hubs had been replaced meaning that the theft was not spotted by either Mann or the car security system in Parliament. It looks as if the criminals had replaced the hubs in order to hide the theft.
Mann believes that this was more likely to be an interrupted attempt at stealing the wheels rather than a murder attempt on him.
“The consequences of this madness do not bear thinking about” comments the MP “I and others could easily have been killed”.
“Nobody could have spotted that the wheel nuts had been removed, which makes the callous nature of the crime even worse”.
Mann has ascertained that only registered garages have access to sophisticated equipment to steal locking wheel nuts but fears that keys for such security systems may be reproducible.
He is calling on motoring organisations to audit security devices in order to reassure the general public and is publicising his traumatic experience in order to alert other motorists.
He has already been alerted to other incidents of locking nuts being removed but nobody appears to have had the theft of the wheel nuts camouflaged in this way.
Mann does not intend to allow this incident to restrict his campaigning activity, including his continued opposition to police cuts in his Bassetlaw constituency.