Police hunt car jackers who left with children in the backseat

Watch ITV News Central reporter Chris Halpin's full report into the carjacking above.

Two young children have been left traumatised after their mother's car was stolen in Birmingham with them both inside.

The youngsters, one 5-years-old and the other just 18-months, were strapped in the backseat outside their home on Pintail Drive, Erdington, on Wednesday evening.

At around 5:45pm on January 30th, two black men pulled the 23-year-old mother from the driving seat, and sped off with the children still inside.

The children were then abandoned by the roadside.

The car is a white Vauxhall Astra registration number KV60 BNX and had blacked out windows; we want to know where this car is and are asking for anyone who believes they may have spotted it to contact us.

– Julie Woods, Police Detective Sergeant

A passerby found the two children half a mile away from their home on Mere Road, also in Erdington. They were very distressed and crying but were reunited with their mother within the hour.

Neither of them were injured and they're now recovering at home with their mother and her partner.

The partner, who own's the car, said the experience has left them all shaken up.

He told me he'd owned the car for around 4 months and it cost him £10,000.

Officers are now looking through CCTV to find out where the car went after the children were abandoned on the road.

Anyone with information on the vehicle's whereabouts is asked to call West Midlands Police on the 101 number.