Car stolen with baby in back

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A CAR was stolen in Wigan with a seven-week-old baby in the back.

The incident happened at 7.35pm on Tuesday, as the blue Subaru Impreza car was parked on Moor Road in Orrell.

The 24-year-old owner of the car was stood near to the vehicle talking to a friend, when they suddenly became aware a man had sneaked into the driver’s seat of the car. The man then began to turn the vehicle around in the street.

The owner tried to open the passenger door, shouting his baby was in the car, but the offender drove off onto St James’ Road in the direction of Billinge.

A seven-week-old baby boy was on the back seat.

Around 15 minutes later, Merseyside Police was informed of a baby being left in an abandoned car close to the Billinge Arms pub on Maine Street in Billinge. The baby was found safe and well and reunited with his parents shortly afterwards.

The offender is described as a white male in his 20’s wearing a dark coloured bob hat, a dark hooded top and lighter coloured trousers or tracksuit bottoms.

Detective Constable Brendan Greally from Wigan CID said: “We can only imagine the distress that the parents of this young baby must have gone through after their son was taken from them in this manner. Thankfully, their nightmare was only short-lived after the baby was found safe and well inside the vehicle around 15 minutes later.

“We are urging anyone who saw the incident, or who witnessed the car being abandoned in Billinge to call police.

“Merseyside Police was alerted by an anonymous call from a telephone box just a few yards from where the car was left on Maine Street. We are very keen to speak to this man, or anyone who saw a man making the call at around 7.45 to 7.50pm.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.