Black market of baby buggies sees thefts on the rise

Demand for top brands has created a black market in stolen buggies,The Times reports (£)

Thefts have soared by more than a quarter in the past two years, and one in 14 parents with small children has had a pushchair stolen, according to figures from the insurer LV.

Thieves are targeting expensive pushchairs like this one favoured by Joe Cole's wife Carly Zucker Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

According to police data, buggy thefts are most prevalent in Greater Manchester, Northumberland, Lancashire and Kent.

The pushchair most commonly stolen is the Maclaren Techno Stroller, which costs £300 brand new.

John O’Roarke, managing director of LV, told The Times: “It is easy to forget about your valuables when minding a small child but parents need to take care that they don’t fall victim to opportunistic thieves.”