MP fears for his life after car wheels are sabotaged in event which could have led to his death
John Mann, Labour MP for Bassetlaw, was lucky to escape death or injury after the nuts on his car were removed
An outspoken Labour MP fears he may have been the victim of an attempt on his life after all the wheel nuts on his car were removed.
John Mann was lucky to escape death or injury after driving 200 miles from London to Nottingham before discovering that one of the wheels had almost fallen off.
It then emerged that every single wheel nut had been removed and the hub caps carefully replaced.
Police are now investigating whether the 12-year-old Citroen Picasso was deliberately sabotaged.
Mr Mann is an outspoken member of the Treasury Select Committee who has grabbed headlines in recent months with his robust questioning of senior bankers and Government ministers.
In May, Nottinghamshire Police began an investigation after Mr Mann’s wife, Jo White, a Labour councillor, was sent a dead bird in the post. The Bassetlaw MP said he was ‘concerned’ an attempt may have been made on his life following the car incident on Monday, August 7.
The 52-year-old said: ‘It may well have been the work of a thief who was interrupted. But I find it strange that the hub caps were put back on, meaning I couldn’t tell that anything was wrong.
‘I thought as I was driving up the A1 that I was having a bit of engine trouble. But it was only at the end of the journey that I saw one of the wheels had almost fallen off.
‘This could have killed me and possibly other people if the wheels had fallen off on the A1.
‘I have trod on plenty of people’s toes. It is entirely possible that the car was sabotaged, although I am hopeful that isn’t the explanation.’
Mr Mann said he had parked his car overnight outside his flat in Waterloo and then driven it to the car park within the Palace of Westminster in the morning.
Citroen Picasso: Police are investigating whether the car was deliberately sabotaged
After finishing work, he drove the car 200 miles back to his constituency – a journey which takes around three to four hours. Mr Mann said he noticed a strange rattling noise while travelling and then struggled to control the car when he reached the winding country lanes off the A1.
When he arrived at his constituency office car park, the right hand front wheel had virtually fallen off.
Mechanics examining the car discovered that all the wheel nuts – plus all four locking nuts – had been removed. Mr Mann said: ‘They told me the car had been sabotaged. The consequences of this madness do not bear thinking about.
‘Nobody could have spotted that the wheel nuts had been removed, which makes the callous nature of the crime even worse.’
He added that only registered garages have access to equipment to steal locking wheel nuts.
He admitted there was a ‘long list’ of people whom he had upset – including Islamic extremists, neo-Nazis, drug dealers and other criminals. ‘I am confident that the bankers are in the clear on this one,’ Mr Mann said.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘An allegation of theft from a motor vehicle has been recorded. There have been no arrests at present.’