Irshadgul News report,
Distraught relatives of the two-year-old girl watched helplessly as thieves stole a car while she was tied to the back seat.
A family had left their silver Vauxhall Vectra shopping outside a relative’s home when a dark Nissan X-Trail popped up in the street and slowly drove past.
Vauxhall’s engine was still running, while a family member stood by the door of the car and carried other items inside.
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The suspect vehicle then returned with a Vauxhall to the side of the road and a man, dressed in a blue hooded jacket and black joggers, jumped out and climbed into the driver’s seat, with a two-year-old child strapped to the car seat. there is.
He then took off at high speed as the aggrieved family tried to stop him.
The horrific incident happened last night at around 7 pm on Church Street in Quarrington Hill, near Durham City. (Wednesday, September 21)
Vectra was discovered about three miles away around Sherburne Beck, near Ludworth.
The child was physically unwell and was quickly reunited with his family, however, their pet cat, who was in the vehicle at the time, is yet to be traced.
The Nissan X-Trail has not been traced and police are now appealing for witnesses.
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Detective Inspector Malcolm Bell of Durham Constabulary said: “This is an extremely sad incident for the family, who feared for the welfare of their child.
“We are appealing to anyone who has found this car stolen or abandoned to come forward.
“We are also looking for anyone who may have seen the Nissan X-Trail at the time, or in the immediate time before and after this incident.
“Thankfully, the child was safe and well located inside the car, and was quickly reunited with his family.”
Anyone with any information or dash cam/CCTV footage is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Andy Davison of Durham Constabulary on 101, citing incident reference 341 of September 21.
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