Police Appeal For Information After Audi Q7 Is Stolen With A Baby On Board

Officers from Lancashire Constabulary are appealing for witnesses/information after an Audi Q7 was stolen while a 1-year-old boy was asleep in the backseat. 

The incident happened in Chorley on Thursday 9th January at around 19:05 hours when the driver of the car parked up to collect someone from a house on Lichfield Road. 

The Audi was left unlocked with the one-year-old boy asleep in the back. 

A male got into the car and drove off on to Rydal Place and then Gilbert Street where it got stuck behind a takeaway delivery vehicle. 

The driver of the Audi then tried to force its way past the delivery car, ramming seven other stationary cars and a lampost in the process. 

After what police have described as a ‘brief altercation’ the suspected thief managed to escape from the front of the car. 

A black people carrier (or estate-style vehicle) with a cracked windscreen then approached the scene from behind and took the suspected thief away. 

No arrests have yet been made and investigating officers are asking anyone with information to come forward. 

DS Paul Price from Chorley CID said: 

“We think that the offender’s intention was to steal the car and that it’s likely that they unaware that a child was in the back. Thankfully the young boy wasn’t injured and slept throughout the incident.

“If you know anything about what happened or who was involved, we need to speak to you. Similarly, if you know of a car that matches the description with a cracked windscreen, I would urge you to come forward.

“I would also like to remind people to be mindful with their vehicles, especially those with proximity/ keyless access. Thieves could seize this opportunity to take vehicles no matter how small the time window.”

Anyone with information can call 01257 246190 or, if they fail to get an answer, 101, quoting incident 1360 of 9th January.

Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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