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Elderly nun run over by car thief ‘would love it if he found a different way of life’

Sister Louise Gilbey had left her car keys in the ignition as he got out to post a letter in Allerton, Liverpool, when a carjacker flicked in but ran her over during the escape

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Man steals car outside Holmefield Road Post Office in Liverpool

An elderly nun who was run over by her own car when a thief struck said she hoped her attacker could turn a page – and she held no grudges.

CCTV footage shows sister Louise Gilbey being pulled under the blue Hyundai outside a Liverpool post office on March 11.

She had briefly exited her parked car near the Booker Avenue Post Office on Holmefield Road, Allerton, to post a letter around 10.05am, reports said the Liverpool echo.

But she’d left the car unlocked and the keys in the ignition, and in the few seconds she was gone, an opportunistic car thief had snuck in and was about to drive off.

The brave nun ran back and opened the driver’s door to confront the perpetrator, but he backed up and she was knocked over.







Sister Louise Gilbey was pulled under the car when she confronted the carjacker
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The thief backed straight into a car behind him and then drove away as Sr. Louise lifted off the ground.

But she relied on her beliefs and later said she wished the man no harm.

Originally from Ireland, Louise worked for the NHS as a nurse and midwife in the city for many years before becoming Nurse Manager at Marymount Nursing Home.

She uses the car primarily to visit elderly homebound parishioners who are no longer able to attend Mass to bring them Holy Communion each week.







Sister Louise left the keys in the ignition when she wanted to post a letter
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She said: “People say that crime in the city can be bad, but I’ve seen the other side and I’ve always thought about how nice people are in this city.

“I blame myself and forgot for a moment that I left the keys in the car. This car is my lifeline, I wasn’t thinking, I just really wanted to save it.”

She added: “I wish him no harm, I just hope he doesn’t use the car to hurt anyone, it could have been a lot worse for me.

“I would love for him to find a different way of life, he can’t be happy having to do things like that.”







The thief quickly jumped into the car
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Sr. Louise said there are many programs that could help the man lead a decent life.

“No mother wants her child to be like that, you want it to be good, you are not born to act like that.

“It would be wonderful to give him the help he needs to live a better life.”

The sister said she “sincerely” believes it was God who “helped me and saved me.”

“I knew I was going to get under the car — I don’t know how anything more serious happened to me,” she added.

Postal workers rushed outside to help Louise and offered her a cup of tea while the police arrived – for which she was very grateful.

The police are now looking for witnesses to the incident.

Inspector Paul Rennard said stealing a car is a “despicable offence” as it can cause great inconvenience to the rightful owner and prevent them from getting to work or shops.

He added that Louise wasn’t hurt by “sheer luck.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact @MerPolCC on Twitter or the Merseyside Police Contact Center on Facebook at reference number 22000247479.

You can also call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or their online form at: Give Information | crimefighter ( crimestoppers-uk.org )

Information on how to prevent vehicle theft can be found online here:

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