A staff member at a forecourt in Leicestershire had to be rushed to hospital with slash wounds to his arm and chest after challenging a man attempting to leave without paying for fuel.

Police were called at around 6.10pm on Wednesday 24 August to an incident at the garage at the junction with Desford Lane and A47 Hinckley Road.

It was reported that a man had attempted to make off with paying for fuel and when challenged by a member of staff, the staff member sustained a slash wound to his arm and chest.

He received hospital treatment and his injuries are not described as life threatening or life changing.

The driver had fled the scene in his car, but a registration number was obtained, and officers were able to track the vehicle and it was stopped in Earl Shilton a short time later.

A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and is in custody where he will be questioned by detectives.

Detective sergeant Lee Owen, from Braunstone CID, said: “Due to the quick response of the attending officers, we were able to carry out early crucial enquiries which assisted us in locating the suspect in the vehicle shortly after the report.

“Our enquiries remain ongoing into the incident and I would ask anyone who witnessed what happened and hasn’t as yet spoken to police to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting 22*493453.