Has someone got it in for the Labour MP for Bassetlaw?
After the trauma of his wife receiving a rotting dead bird in the post, John Mann had now had a brush with death on a drive back to his constituency - driving hundreds of miles before realising all the wheel nuts had been removed from his car wheels.
The outspoken MP, who hit the headlines earlier this year after asking Chancellor George Osborne if he knew the price of a pasty, drove 200 miles down the A1, struggling to control the car once it left the motorway.
Mann said he had heard "apparent engine noise on the journey, but it was only on the winding country lanes off the A1 that the problem really kicked in and it ended up with the right hand front wheel virtually falling off in the car park of the constituency office."
He said he noticed once he got out of the car that the front wheels had had been stripped of their wheel nuts, with four locking nuts removed from each of his tyres. And the theft was apparently concealed by wheel hubs replaced to hide the missing nuts.
Not one for a conspiracy theory, Mann said he thought it was "more likely to be an interrupted attempt at stealing the wheels rather than a murder attempt."
“The consequences of this madness do not bear thinking about. I and others could easily have been killed.
“Nobody could have spotted that the wheel nuts had been removed, which makes the callous nature of the crime even worse.
He said only certain registered garages had access to sophisticated equipment need to remove the locking wheel nuts.
Mann said he planned to launch a campaign calling on motoring organisations to audit security devices in order to reassure the general public.
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