Police appeal for new witnesses after four-week-old baby snatched in Acocks Green car-jacking - The Solihull Observer

Police appeal for new witnesses after four-week-old baby snatched in Acocks Green car-jacking

Solihull Editorial 20th Aug, 2018 Updated: 20th Aug, 2018   0

POLICE are appealing for new witnesses after an Acocks Green car-jacking in which four-week-old baby Eliza was driven away from her injured mother.

Eliza had been snatched by car thieves who stole her mum’s grey Audi A3 at around 4pm on July 19.

Clare O’Neill, of Marie Drive, Acocks Green, was knocked to the ground as she tried to stop the car with her baby inside being taken from her driveway – leaving her with a broken tooth, leg and facial injuries.

Police across the region were immediately mobilised to search for the baby and 45 minutes later an ambulance crew found Eliza, still in her car seat, outside Small Heath Health Centre, Chapman Road, Small Heath, Birmingham.

She was taken to hospital to be re-united with her mother, who was receiving treatment for her injuries.

The crime drew the attention of the nation and police have doubled their efforts to trace the two car-jackers.

Police say they want to speak to the driver of a blue VW Golf which was travelling on Shirley Road, near Robin Hood island, Acocks Green, soon after the car-jacking.

It is believed the driver could have vital information which may assist police in identifying the two men.

Detectives have since recovered the stolen Audi in Small Heath and undergone forensic examination for clues.

They are keen to trace and speak to the VW Golf driver as part of their enquiries.

Detective inspector Jim Munro, from Force CID, said: “This was a truly shocking incident and we remain just as determined to catch those responsible a month on.

“It was a terrifying ordeal for Clare who suffered both physically and emotionally and enquiries are still very much on-going.

“We have made progress with the recovery of the stolen vehicle but we are still seeking witnesses or anyone with information to help us.

“We believe the driver of the VW Golf may have vital information and I would urge them to speak to us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the high harm team at Stechford on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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