Robber attacks nine-year-old boy as terrified grandmother parks car in Farnworth
A THUG forced his way into a terrified pensioner’s car as she was parking, stole her bag and threw her grandson to the ground.
Mary Green, aged 70, of Cemetery Road, Farnworth, was parking her car with her grandson Jack, in King Street, Farnworth, when the man opened a back door and grabbed her bag — which contained her phone, money and personal belongings.
In the process, he threw nine-year-old Jack, who was just getting out of the same door to the ground.
The thief, who was pursued by traders from the nearby indoor market, then made his way to a white Vauxhall car that was waiting for him and fled the scene.
A passing PCSO alerted other officers, who saw the car heading towards Kearsley and indicated for the driver to stop — but the driver refused.
The vehicle was later found abandoned in Auckland Drive in Pendleton — where Mrs Green’s bag was recovered with all its contents.
Mrs Green said: “We parked up because I was going to the bank — and as I switched the engine off I heard Jack shout out ‘gran’.
“When I turned around I saw a man’s head right next to me — it was really frightening.
“He grabbed the bag and ran off and my first thought was about Jack, who had been knocked to the ground. My next instinct was to run after him but I couldn’t get near him. Then myself and Jack just ran to each other hugged and cried.
“It has made me feel vulnerable — and Jack was really scared that night, but he is much better now.”
Debra Simms, aged 32, who runs Nana Sue’s Emporium at the indoor market, was one of the traders who chased the thug.
She said: “It’s not what I thought I’d be doing in the marketplace — but when we saw it a few of us just instinctively ran after him.
“I have heard about a few similar thefts in Farnworth and it is a bit of a worry.”
Pensioner Mary said the local people had helped to restore her faith in humanity. She added: “There were so many acts of kindness, from those chasing him to people getting us a cup of tea — I am going to go down there and thank them all individually.”
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “While we commend the actions of the public, in this case we would advise people not to put themselves in a situation where they may come to harm — and suggest that people should call the police.”
Police confirmed the incident had been reported to them. No arrests have been made and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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