Woman and baby threatened in 'frightening' carjacking

Date published: 09 January 2019

Police are appealing for information after a carjacking in which a woman and her baby were threatened with a hammer.

It was shortly before 11pm on Monday (January 7) when the woman was sat in the driver’s seat of her Nissan Qashqai on Bradford Court, just off Whitstable Road in New Moston, when she was approached by a man.
The man, armed with a hammer, threatened the woman and forced her to hand over her keys.

The woman’s 11-month-old baby was in a car seat in the back of the car, and the woman pleaded with the man to allow her to get to her son.

The mother was able to grab her baby from his car seat, before the offender drove off in her car in the direction of Lightbowne Road.

The offender is described as a white male, in his late teens or early twenties, around 6ft tall, and he was wearing a grey tracksuit.

Police Constable Jack Ginger, of Greater Manchester Police’s City of Manchester borough, said: “This was a frightening experience for the woman, and she is deeply distressed by what happened to her and her baby.

“It is unacceptable that a woman and a young child should be put through such an ordeal, and we are determined to find the coward who is responsible for this.

“If you have any information, or if you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time, then please contact police as soon as you can.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 3015 or 101, quoting incident number 2286 of 07/01/19, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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