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Driver dies after being ‘run over by thieves

A 53-year-old man was taken to hospital in a critical condition but died on Sunday afternoon, a spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said. A 14-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of robbery

A restaurant owner has died after he was knocked down by thieves who stole his vehicle, police have said.

Haji Mohammed Hedayatul Islam – known as Nowab Miah – from Tameside, was delivering a meal on Friday evening when the tragedy happened.

It is believed he was run over while trying to stop his car being taken at around 9pm on Hazel Avenue, Stockport, Manchester Evening News reported.

Thieves are thought to have stolen the well respected restaurant owner’s car before knocking him down as they drove away in Romiley, Stockport, just after 9pm on Friday.

The 53-year-old man was taken to hospital in a critical condition but died on Sunday afternoon, a spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said.

Detectives have now launched a murder investigation and are continuing to look for the silver Mercedes which they believe was stolen in the incident, on the junction of Lyme Grove and Hazel Avenue.

The driver was hit on in Hazel Avenue, Stockport, police have said
The driver was hit on in Hazel Avenue, Stockport, police have said (Image: MEN MEDIA)

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Chief Inspector Liam Boden said: “This is an extremely tragic case which has rocked the community and left a family utterly devastated.

“We believe there may have been others involved in the incident and a number of lines of inquiry are continuing to be carried out in order for us to find those responsible.

“We’re still asking the public to come forward with any information that may assist us – even the smallest bit of information can prove vital.

“Anyone who may have seen a silver Mercedes in the area at the time or may have seen it in suspicious circumstances since is asked to get in touch – this vehicle could prove vital in our investigation.

A police car
Police have arrested a 14-year-old on suspicion of robbery (Image: MEN MEDIA)

“We’re also keen for anyone with any CCTV or dash-cam footage to get in touch.”

Mr Miah was the owner of Marple Spice in Marple, Greater Manchester.

On Sunday, his son Shaf Nowab posted on Facebook: “I am saddened to announce that my father, my mentor, my role model Haji Mohammed Hedayatul Islam known as Nowab Miah to his friends has sadly left this world surrounded by close family.

“Many of you will be aware of the recent incident that occurred in Romiley.

“My father is the person that it occurred with he was just doing his last delivery for our restaurant before he went home.

“I would like to thank everyone in the community for their prayers and regards and me and my family genuinely appreciate everything you have said.”

Paying tribute to him, pal Badrul Alom said: “He looked after the community.

“He was a good friend, very close. He was one of the popular guys.”

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