Video: CCTV reveals baby’s narrow escape
Published 03/11/2011 | 09:12
Police have issued CCTV of the moment a three-month-old baby in a pram was thrown to the ground as "desperate" robbers stole his grandmother's handbag.
The attack happened on Saturday October 15 when two women were walking back from shopping in the Bolton area of Greater Manchester.
The mother of the baby boy, 33, was carrying a number of shopping bags, while the baby's grandmother, 56, was pushing the pram. Both had their handbags slung over her shoulders.
After walking through a park the two women were walking down a footpath when two men ran up behind them.
The 56-year-old woman felt a blow to her head and screamed as she fell to the ground, causing the pram to topple over onto its side.
The baby was strapped into the pram and was not injured during the fall, police said.
The two men managed to grab one of the handbags and flee.
The young woman ran after them but collapsed almost immediately through exhaustion from the struggle.
Police said the grandmother was not seriously injured.
The first robber was white, around 6ft 2in, thin and in his late teens to early 20s.
He was wearing a grey hooded top with the hood up and covering his face.
The second man is described as around 6ft 2in, thin and in his late teens to early 20s.
He was wearing a black hooded top with the hood up and covering his face.
Detective Inspector Stuart Wilkinson, from Bolton's Robbery Unit, said: "These were the actions of two desperate individuals who had no regard whatsoever for the wellbeing of these two women or the young baby they were with.
"As you can see from the CCTV, it is lucky that the baby was strapped into the pram and wasn't injured during this robbery."