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Half-naked driver jumps van to stop thieves

A Polish van driver caught two thieves trying to steal his stock by jumping on top of their moving van in only his underwear.

While taking a break in a hotel room in Villemomble, north east of Paris, last Thursday, the driver saw two men acting suspiciously from his window.

He witnessed them looking at his van which contained a stock of shoes ready to be transported to England.

“One of the men was dressed in overalls and was keeping a look out while his accomplice forced open the victim’s van door,” said a source close to the case.

“The pair then grabbed several of the boxes of shoes and put them in another van before fleeing.”

The driver left his hotel room dressed in only his underpants, socks and a t-shirt to try and stop them.

Standing in front of the moving vehicle, he decided to jump on the hood, and crawled onto the roof while the van was still in motion.

The two men in the vehicle drove for a further kilometre through the town before getting blocked by traffic.

One of the men fled the scene as soon as the van stopped, while the other tried to bargain with the van driver, offering all his goods back if he let him go.

Police arrested the man as soon as they arrived on the scene and took him in for questioning.

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French tax agent ‘kidnapped and killed while conducting an audit’

A French tax inspector was kidnapped and killed, reportedly while carrying out a tax audit in a village in northern France on Monday evening.

French tax agent 'kidnapped and killed while conducting an audit'

The 43-year-old tax agent died on Monday night in northern France, with local media Actu Pas-de-Calais reporting that he was killed by the man whom he was auditing, who later died by suicide.

Emergency services were called to the small village of Bullecourt in the Pas-de-Calais département of northern France at around 8pm. Upon arriving they found two men dead and a woman, reported to be another employee of the tax office, tied up.

She was not believed to be seriously injured but was treated for shock. 

The public prosecutor released a statement saying that both tax agents “were carrying out an at-home audit to check the accounts” of the local man reported to be a brocanteur (antique dealer), who then “kidnapped them and tied them up.” 

“The accused then killed himself with a firearm,” according to the prosecutor’s office. 

The mayor of Bullecourt, a small village of 250 inhabitants, told AFP that he remembered the accused antique dealer as a “helpful” and “ordinary person” who had “integrated into the village.”

Gabriel Attal, the Public Accounts Minister, issued a statement on Monday evening expressing his condolences and saying that the tax agent “was simply doing his job” and that “today, he did not return.” The minister lamented that the agent was “killed while completing a tax audit.”

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