Carjacker steals Audi with 83-year-old Burnley woman still inside

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An elderly couple were targeted by a carjacker who stole their Audi from outside a Burnley newsagent.

The robbery happened as the 83-year-old victim parked the vehicle outside Coal Clough News while he picked up a newspaper from the shop.

But a man jumped in the driver’s side, where the key was left in the ignition, and drove off with the victim’s elderly wife still on board.

The man has repeatedly ordered her to get out of the car whilst it was in motion and he has then slowed the car and pushed the elderly victim out of the vehicle causing her to fall to the ground. He has then driven off in the blue Audi A4 following the incident which happened in Coal Clough Lane on 8-40am on Sunday, April 7th.

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak with in connection with the offence who they believe could be from the Manchester area.

DC Russ Hilton from Pennine Target Team said: “This is a shocking crime against an elderly retired couple who has simply called into a local shop for a Sunday paper.

“The 83-year-old victim was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital and treated for shock – fortunately she only suffered minor injuries.

“I’d ask people to take a close look at the CCTV images and if they recognise the man or have any information that could assist with our investigation to get in touch.

“The man in the CCTV has entered the newsagents prior to the offence stating his was going to get a train back to Manchester so it is likely he is not local. He is described as scruffy and gaunt in appearance with a very pronounced nose.”

The car registration number is P70 WCB and detectives are urging anyone who saw the vehicle on Sunday, April 7th, or knows the location now to contact police.

People with information can call police on 101 or anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.