Warning after masked carjackers prey on two women as they park in Horwich

The Bolton News: Warning as masked carjackers prey on two women as they park in Horwich Warning as masked carjackers prey on two women as they park in Horwich

A GANG of masked carjackers is being hunted by police after they attacked two lone women in separate attacks in Horwich.

In both terrifying incidents two masked robbers approached the women seconds after they had parked their cars.

The men, who were armed with hammers or other blunt instruments, then ordered the women to get out and hand over their keys.

District nurse Michele Harwood, aged 45, was the first victim.

She had just parked her grey Nissan Qashqai, which she bought 18 months ago, outside her home in Queen Street, Horwich, on Friday, when the carjackers pounced.

The mum was returning home at about 8pm after calling at Iceland on the way back from work.

She said: “I hadn’t even got out of the car and they swerved in the road.

"Two men in balaclavas got out and started running down the road.

"I thought they were going to a house at first and that I would stay in my car.

"I went to turn the engine of my car off and one of them hit my car where the window had been open with a hammer and said 'just get out of the car'.

“I was terrified. They have got my house keys, purse, shopping, everything.

"I have had to get my locks changed. I am a district nurse and can’t work without my car.


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"I'm not going to be able to work until I get another car. I feel on edge going out. I don’t want to drive again.”

The robbers were wielding hammers and the man who demanded Ms Harwood’s car had a Bolton accent.

It is thought some children may have seen the men putting on balaclavas while they were parked up near the road before the robbery.

After the attack, the carjackers drove Ms Harwood’s car towards Leicester Avenue.

A third man, who dropped the robbers off before the attack, is thought to have travelled along Richmond Street.

The carjackers struck again on Monday in Haxey Walk, Horwich.

A woman and her young daughter were approached by two men who were brandishing blunt weapons.

The victims had just got out of a white BMW 135 at about 10pm when one of the men demanded the car keys.

Police are linking the robberies and say in both incidents the criminals arrived in a small white or silvery grey car, driven by a third person.

The car then followed the stolen vehicles as they were driven from the scene.

A Haxey Walk resident said: “It is frightening that people will go to such lengths for a car, even when they saw a child was present.

"We will all be looking out for each other but I think it was probably a one-off. It is usually a quiet estate.”

Det Insp Charlotte Cadden, from Bolton North Integrated Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “These robberies are isolated but are being linked. These kind of incidents are very rare in Bolton.

“The victims have been left very distressed and one of the robberies was witnessed by a child.

"People should be aware of their surroundings and anything they see that is suspicious.

"I’d ask people to be vigilant about unusual vehicles parking near to your house and abandoned vehicles.”

Det Insp Cadden said the investigation was ongoing and urged anyone with information to call police on 0161 8565761 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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8:21am Thu 17 Jul 14

duffbikes says...

It's a no brainer, policemen on the beat.
It's a no brainer, policemen on the beat. duffbikes
  • Score: 23

8:58am Thu 17 Jul 14

filthy6 says...

duffbikes wrote:
It's a no brainer, policemen on the beat.
They'd just wait till the police had walked round the corner
[quote][p][bold]duffbikes[/bold] wrote: It's a no brainer, policemen on the beat.[/p][/quote]They'd just wait till the police had walked round the corner filthy6
  • Score: 19

10:00am Thu 17 Jul 14

atlas123 says...

duffbikes wrote:
It's a no brainer, policemen on the beat.
Can't be everywhere all the time even if there was one on every street.

Some crims will even phone in a bogus 999 to draw the police out of an area.
[quote][p][bold]duffbikes[/bold] wrote: It's a no brainer, policemen on the beat.[/p][/quote]Can't be everywhere all the time even if there was one on every street. Some crims will even phone in a bogus 999 to draw the police out of an area. atlas123
  • Score: 13

10:37am Thu 17 Jul 14

melloj says...

"These kind of incidents are very rare in Bolton".....

Does she think people are that stupid??? This kind of crime is NOT uncommon, street robberies occur on a daily basis in Bolton and up and down the country.
"These kind of incidents are very rare in Bolton"..... Does she think people are that stupid??? This kind of crime is NOT uncommon, street robberies occur on a daily basis in Bolton and up and down the country. melloj
  • Score: 17

2:21pm Thu 17 Jul 14

cartman66 says...

scumbags I hope that the next car is driven by a ninja and she kicks there ****
scumbags I hope that the next car is driven by a ninja and she kicks there **** cartman66
  • Score: 13

5:05pm Thu 17 Jul 14

questionairre says...

Just a little comment on another story.
'When he was released on bail again Rahmani, a failed Iranian asylum seeker, fled to Germany.
But the court heard that he was arrested by the British authorities after he was deported back to England in January'.

It would have been more prudent and cost effective to refuse entry and send him back to Iran where he originated from.
Just a little comment on another story. 'When he was released on bail again Rahmani, a failed Iranian asylum seeker, fled to Germany. But the court heard that he was arrested by the British authorities after he was deported back to England in January'. It would have been more prudent and cost effective to refuse entry and send him back to Iran where he originated from. questionairre
  • Score: 3

5:56pm Thu 17 Jul 14

guesty86 says...

So tempted to park up around horwich in a wig, would love to get my hands on these pathetic scumbags
So tempted to park up around horwich in a wig, would love to get my hands on these pathetic scumbags guesty86
  • Score: 23

7:06pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Janch1 says...

How terrible. This kind of crime is not what you expect in a village. Is there nowhere safe any more? No doubt if they are caught it will be the usual punishment...NONE! But I am sure if one of the women had given the scum bags a good hiding the courts would be quick enough to dish out a hefty sentence on her. It must have been a very frightening and upsetting ordeal for these decent innocent people. It seems that the criminals and the low life of society reign supreme.
How terrible. This kind of crime is not what you expect in a village. Is there nowhere safe any more? No doubt if they are caught it will be the usual punishment...NONE! But I am sure if one of the women had given the scum bags a good hiding the courts would be quick enough to dish out a hefty sentence on her. It must have been a very frightening and upsetting ordeal for these decent innocent people. It seems that the criminals and the low life of society reign supreme. Janch1
  • Score: 14

7:22pm Thu 17 Jul 14

manchester1 says...

Horwich a village?
Horwich a village? manchester1
  • Score: 5

10:23pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Janch1 says...

manchester1 wrote:
Horwich a village?
Used to be called a village when I lived there a few years ago. Anyway, what is the problem with me calling it a village? Your comment is a bit irrelevant really. No comment to make about the fact that two people were terrorised? Instead you nitpick about me calling Horwich a village.
[quote][p][bold]manchester1[/bold] wrote: Horwich a village?[/p][/quote]Used to be called a village when I lived there a few years ago. Anyway, what is the problem with me calling it a village? Your comment is a bit irrelevant really. No comment to make about the fact that two people were terrorised? Instead you nitpick about me calling Horwich a village. Janch1
  • Score: 12

10:46pm Thu 17 Jul 14

chanie27 says...

It's everywhere u turn these days I live in halliwell on a main street the amount of time my handle on my front doors been try'd I'm just lucky I lock my Door anyway but it's dreadful that tis as happneed to anybody... The system needs propper ppunishment put in place,....they go prison and get life of riley no worrying
It's everywhere u turn these days I live in halliwell on a main street the amount of time my handle on my front doors been try'd I'm just lucky I lock my Door anyway but it's dreadful that tis as happneed to anybody... The system needs propper ppunishment put in place,....they go prison and get life of riley no worrying chanie27
  • Score: 6

4:31am Fri 18 Jul 14

mr.mark.c says...

Janch1 wrote:
manchester1 wrote:
Horwich a village?
Used to be called a village when I lived there a few years ago. Anyway, what is the problem with me calling it a village? Your comment is a bit irrelevant really. No comment to make about the fact that two people were terrorised? Instead you nitpick about me calling Horwich a village.
Shat hole would be better as its as much a village as Bolton town center is.
Horwich is huge, its a small town, still a **** hole though.
[quote][p][bold]Janch1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]manchester1[/bold] wrote: Horwich a village?[/p][/quote]Used to be called a village when I lived there a few years ago. Anyway, what is the problem with me calling it a village? Your comment is a bit irrelevant really. No comment to make about the fact that two people were terrorised? Instead you nitpick about me calling Horwich a village.[/p][/quote]Shat hole would be better as its as much a village as Bolton town center is. Horwich is huge, its a small town, still a **** hole though. mr.mark.c
  • Score: -18

6:54am Fri 18 Jul 14

Londonlancs says...

Sad to say but there's not a lot anyone can do about this sort of crime.Theft is one of the lowest forms of crime,it's easy and pretty rewarding for thieves.Extra police on the beat doesn't help this sort of crime ,the chances of a police officer being at that place at that time is prob in its millions to one odds.The same goes for CCTV ,it only deters a small amount of crimes,but does help catch the perpetrator after the event,which doesn't really help the victim with what theyve had to endure,and maybe help someone else from being the next victim.As much as it might seem wrong ,and kind of defeatist,going "low key"in today's environment where the gap between haves and have nots is widening at a rapid pace is the way I choose to be.Its a way of life these days,how many iPhones were stolen when they first came out ?we go flashing out our hard earned money on items that we believe make us feel better,reward for our graft ,but the truth is that unless we live in gated communities,with its own security guards/police,then these people are allways going to see a brand new car ,with a female driver an easy and lucrative "business "venture,this is their business,this is how they make their money.Its wrong,illegal ,and mentally damaging to the victims,but its not going away.We elect a government or mayor of a town and think he/she runs it,they don't ,they run the transport ,they empty bins,they fix potholes in the road ,they decide where they are going to spend their next budget,but they don't "run the town or city or country,that or they run themselves,the streets run themselves and we have to adapt to that,get wise and get wi the real world out there,blend and don't be an eye catcher for lazy low life opportunist who see you as a quick cash cow.The new reg plate on your car says you can afford to have it and in their eyes you can afford to lose it aswell.
Sad to say but there's not a lot anyone can do about this sort of crime.Theft is one of the lowest forms of crime,it's easy and pretty rewarding for thieves.Extra police on the beat doesn't help this sort of crime ,the chances of a police officer being at that place at that time is prob in its millions to one odds.The same goes for CCTV ,it only deters a small amount of crimes,but does help catch the perpetrator after the event,which doesn't really help the victim with what theyve had to endure,and maybe help someone else from being the next victim.As much as it might seem wrong ,and kind of defeatist,going "low key"in today's environment where the gap between haves and have nots is widening at a rapid pace is the way I choose to be.Its a way of life these days,how many iPhones were stolen when they first came out ?we go flashing out our hard earned money on items that we believe make us feel better,reward for our graft ,but the truth is that unless we live in gated communities,with its own security guards/police,then these people are allways going to see a brand new car ,with a female driver an easy and lucrative "business "venture,this is their business,this is how they make their money.Its wrong,illegal ,and mentally damaging to the victims,but its not going away.We elect a government or mayor of a town and think he/she runs it,they don't ,they run the transport ,they empty bins,they fix potholes in the road ,they decide where they are going to spend their next budget,but they don't "run the town or city or country,that or they run themselves,the streets run themselves and we have to adapt to that,get wise and get wi the real world out there,blend and don't be an eye catcher for lazy low life opportunist who see you as a quick cash cow.The new reg plate on your car says you can afford to have it and in their eyes you can afford to lose it aswell. Londonlancs
  • Score: 6

8:54am Fri 18 Jul 14

Gore Seer says...

Car Jacking As Allways Been Hear Seldom Gets In The News.
Car Jacking As Allways Been Hear Seldom Gets In The News. Gore Seer
  • Score: 0

12:32pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Farnworth Lady says...

guesty86 wrote:
So tempted to park up around horwich in a wig, would love to get my hands on these pathetic scumbags
That would be such sweet justice, if you did and they tried to drag a Man out of the Car.

Their Faces when they got a Punch on the Nose instead of a set of Car Keys.

I'd love to see that Incident printed in the B.E.N.
[quote][p][bold]guesty86[/bold] wrote: So tempted to park up around horwich in a wig, would love to get my hands on these pathetic scumbags[/p][/quote]That would be such sweet justice, if you did and they tried to drag a Man out of the Car. Their Faces when they got a Punch on the Nose instead of a set of Car Keys. I'd love to see that Incident printed in the B.E.N. Farnworth Lady
  • Score: 7

1:21pm Fri 18 Jul 14

manchester1 says...

Janch1 wrote:
manchester1 wrote:
Horwich a village?
Used to be called a village when I lived there a few years ago. Anyway, what is the problem with me calling it a village? Your comment is a bit irrelevant really. No comment to make about the fact that two people were terrorised? Instead you nitpick about me calling Horwich a village.
Calm down love
[quote][p][bold]Janch1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]manchester1[/bold] wrote: Horwich a village?[/p][/quote]Used to be called a village when I lived there a few years ago. Anyway, what is the problem with me calling it a village? Your comment is a bit irrelevant really. No comment to make about the fact that two people were terrorised? Instead you nitpick about me calling Horwich a village.[/p][/quote]Calm down love manchester1
  • Score: -5

2:02pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Janch1 says...

manchester1 wrote:
Janch1 wrote:
manchester1 wrote:
Horwich a village?
Used to be called a village when I lived there a few years ago. Anyway, what is the problem with me calling it a village? Your comment is a bit irrelevant really. No comment to make about the fact that two people were terrorised? Instead you nitpick about me calling Horwich a village.
Calm down love
Don't tell me to calm down and do not call me love. I think you will find you are the one who needs to calm down, getting yourself so het up about whether Horwich is a village or a town. I think you need to get out more...maybe visit Horwich!
[quote][p][bold]manchester1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Janch1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]manchester1[/bold] wrote: Horwich a village?[/p][/quote]Used to be called a village when I lived there a few years ago. Anyway, what is the problem with me calling it a village? Your comment is a bit irrelevant really. No comment to make about the fact that two people were terrorised? Instead you nitpick about me calling Horwich a village.[/p][/quote]Calm down love[/p][/quote]Don't tell me to calm down and do not call me love. I think you will find you are the one who needs to calm down, getting yourself so het up about whether Horwich is a village or a town. I think you need to get out more...maybe visit Horwich! Janch1
  • Score: 0

6:20pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Unique User Name says...

Not wanting to add fuel to the fire but Horwich is a town, a town is such if the area has a market, therefore Blackrod is a village and Horwich is a town! Simples!
Not wanting to add fuel to the fire but Horwich is a town, a town is such if the area has a market, therefore Blackrod is a village and Horwich is a town! Simples! Unique User Name
  • Score: 1

7:18pm Fri 18 Jul 14

manchester1 says...

Janch1 wrote:
manchester1 wrote:
Janch1 wrote:
manchester1 wrote:
Horwich a village?
Used to be called a village when I lived there a few years ago. Anyway, what is the problem with me calling it a village? Your comment is a bit irrelevant really. No comment to make about the fact that two people were terrorised? Instead you nitpick about me calling Horwich a village.
Calm down love
Don't tell me to calm down and do not call me love. I think you will find you are the one who needs to calm down, getting yourself so het up about whether Horwich is a village or a town. I think you need to get out more...maybe visit Horwich!
There, There dearie, no need to upset your little self.
[quote][p][bold]Janch1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]manchester1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Janch1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]manchester1[/bold] wrote: Horwich a village?[/p][/quote]Used to be called a village when I lived there a few years ago. Anyway, what is the problem with me calling it a village? Your comment is a bit irrelevant really. No comment to make about the fact that two people were terrorised? Instead you nitpick about me calling Horwich a village.[/p][/quote]Calm down love[/p][/quote]Don't tell me to calm down and do not call me love. I think you will find you are the one who needs to calm down, getting yourself so het up about whether Horwich is a village or a town. I think you need to get out more...maybe visit Horwich![/p][/quote]There, There dearie, no need to upset your little self. manchester1
  • Score: 0

10:09pm Fri 18 Jul 14

guesty86 says...

Farnworth Lady wrote:
guesty86 wrote:
So tempted to park up around horwich in a wig, would love to get my hands on these pathetic scumbags
That would be such sweet justice, if you did and they tried to drag a Man out of the Car.

Their Faces when they got a Punch on the Nose instead of a set of Car Keys.

I'd love to see that Incident printed in the B.E.N.
dont think i would stop at a punch in the nose, only way these scumbags would think twice is if you placed their head in the doorway and slammed it a couple of times, but then who would end up in court eh?
[quote][p][bold]Farnworth Lady[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]guesty86[/bold] wrote: So tempted to park up around horwich in a wig, would love to get my hands on these pathetic scumbags[/p][/quote]That would be such sweet justice, if you did and they tried to drag a Man out of the Car. Their Faces when they got a Punch on the Nose instead of a set of Car Keys. I'd love to see that Incident printed in the B.E.N.[/p][/quote]dont think i would stop at a punch in the nose, only way these scumbags would think twice is if you placed their head in the doorway and slammed it a couple of times, but then who would end up in court eh? guesty86
  • Score: 2

10:11pm Fri 18 Jul 14

guesty86 says...

Farnworth Lady wrote:
guesty86 wrote:
So tempted to park up around horwich in a wig, would love to get my hands on these pathetic scumbags
That would be such sweet justice, if you did and they tried to drag a Man out of the Car.

Their Faces when they got a Punch on the Nose instead of a set of Car Keys.

I'd love to see that Incident printed in the B.E.N.
dont think i would stop at a punch in the nose, only way these scumbags would think twice is if you placed their head in the doorway and slammed it a couple of times, but then who would end up in court eh?
[quote][p][bold]Farnworth Lady[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]guesty86[/bold] wrote: So tempted to park up around horwich in a wig, would love to get my hands on these pathetic scumbags[/p][/quote]That would be such sweet justice, if you did and they tried to drag a Man out of the Car. Their Faces when they got a Punch on the Nose instead of a set of Car Keys. I'd love to see that Incident printed in the B.E.N.[/p][/quote]dont think i would stop at a punch in the nose, only way these scumbags would think twice is if you placed their head in the doorway and slammed it a couple of times, but then who would end up in court eh? guesty86
  • Score: 1

10:15pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Steven Chadwick says...

Unique User Name wrote:
Not wanting to add fuel to the fire but Horwich is a town, a town is such if the area has a market, therefore Blackrod is a village and Horwich is a town! Simples!
But the Labour led Bolton Council went back on their promises and now Horwich doesn't have a market!
[quote][p][bold]Unique User Name[/bold] wrote: Not wanting to add fuel to the fire but Horwich is a town, a town is such if the area has a market, therefore Blackrod is a village and Horwich is a town! Simples![/p][/quote]But the Labour led Bolton Council went back on their promises and now Horwich doesn't have a market! Steven Chadwick
  • Score: 6

12:35pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Farnworth Lady says...

guesty86 wrote:
Farnworth Lady wrote:
guesty86 wrote:
So tempted to park up around horwich in a wig, would love to get my hands on these pathetic scumbags
That would be such sweet justice, if you did and they tried to drag a Man out of the Car.

Their Faces when they got a Punch on the Nose instead of a set of Car Keys.

I'd love to see that Incident printed in the B.E.N.
dont think i would stop at a punch in the nose, only way these scumbags would think twice is if you placed their head in the doorway and slammed it a couple of times, but then who would end up in court eh?
Its true, it would be you hauled before the Courts.

But I like your plan.

Irkesome little scallies are everywhere now, it's scary.

You cant close your Windows in Farnworth without trapping someones fingers.

Sad fact.
[quote][p][bold]guesty86[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Farnworth Lady[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]guesty86[/bold] wrote: So tempted to park up around horwich in a wig, would love to get my hands on these pathetic scumbags[/p][/quote]That would be such sweet justice, if you did and they tried to drag a Man out of the Car. Their Faces when they got a Punch on the Nose instead of a set of Car Keys. I'd love to see that Incident printed in the B.E.N.[/p][/quote]dont think i would stop at a punch in the nose, only way these scumbags would think twice is if you placed their head in the doorway and slammed it a couple of times, but then who would end up in court eh?[/p][/quote]Its true, it would be you hauled before the Courts. But I like your plan. Irkesome little scallies are everywhere now, it's scary. You cant close your Windows in Farnworth without trapping someones fingers. Sad fact. Farnworth Lady
  • Score: 3
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