Car stolen with seven-week-old baby in the back

A car with a seven-week-old baby in the back seat was stolen and then abandoned, police said.

The 24-year-old owner of the car was stood near to the the blue Subaru Impreza car, parked on Moor Road in Wigan, talking to a friend when a man sneaked into the driver's seat of the car on January 22.

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 with the newborn baby in the back.

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.

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.

– Detective Constable Brendan Greally from Wigan CID
  • The offender is described as a white male in his 20s wearing a dark coloured bob hat, a dark hooded top and lighter coloured trousers or tracksuit bottoms.
  • Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.