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Police appeal for witnesses after baby taken in car-jacking

Detectives investigating the robbery of a car with a four-week-old baby still inside are appealing for a potential key witness to come forward.

The Audi A3 S-line was targeted in Acocks Green in Birmingham on the 19th of July. Mother Claire O'Neill was knocked to the ground and suffered a broken tooth and facial injuries, while the carjackers made off with the car with her month-old daughter Eliza still inside.

Four-week-old Eliza was later dropped off unharmed at a health centre. Her mother, Claire O'Neill, was left with a broken tooth and facial injuries when she was knocked over during the car-jacking. Credit: BPM

The baby was left unharmed at a health centre in Small Heath shortly after the car was taken. Officers say they are keen to speak to the driver of a blue VW Golf which was travelling on Shirley Road, near Robin Hood island in Acocks Green, soon after the car-jacking. It is believed they could have vital information which may help in identifying the two men who took the Audi A3.

The stolen Audi has since been recovered in Small Heath and undergone forensic examination.

Detective Inspector Jim Munro, from West Midlands Police said progress has been made in the investigation but they still need witnesses to come forward. He said:

This was a truly shocking incident and we remain just as determined to catch those responsible a month on.

It was a terrifying ordeal for Clare who suffered both physically and emotionally and enquiries are still very much on-going.

We have made progress with the recovery of the stolen vehicle but we are still seeking witnesses or anyone with information to help us. We believe the driver of the VW Golf may have vital information and I would urge them to speak to us as soon as possible.”

– Detective Inspector Jim Munro- West Midlands Police