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Car snatch attempt with baby inside

Police are hunting three men who tried to steal a car which had a nine-month-old baby girl inside.

The baby's father was left with serious injuries following the incident in a car park in south-west Essex.

Two of the suspects tried to snatch the ignition keys from the owner while he was in the vehicle, but he managed to resist them.

When he then tried to drive out of the car park his Vauxhall Astra was hit by a silver Skoda Fabia driven by a third man in an attempt to stop him leaving.

As the owner got out of his car to check on his baby he himself was hit by the Skoda. The three men then fled the scene.

The incident took place in Belhus Park Leisure Centre car park shortly before 8pm on Thursday.

The 20-year-old driver suffered serious leg injuries while his 19-year-old partner sustained a foot injury. Their baby was unharmed.

Both victims were taken to Basildon University Hospital for treatment and have since been discharged.

Detective Constable Pascal Menelas, of Essex Police, said: "Our inquiries have revealed that the Skoda had been stolen from Tilbury. We're looking to speak with anyone who saw this incident, had been using the leisure centre or had seen these three black men loitering in the area that Thursday evening."

Anyone with information in connection with the attempted robbery is asked to contact police on 0300 333 4444.


From Belfast Telegraph