The moment when two muggers hurled a pram with a baby inside to the ground as they rob his mum and grandmother in Bolton town centre, UK, was captured on CCTV.
The muggers ambushed the two women from behind as they pushed the three-month-old tot home following an afternoon shopping trip in Bolton.
The attackers punched the 56-year old grandmother about the head then dragged the pram over as they grabbed at the two women’s handbags.
After a violent struggle the muggers ran off with one of the bags as the baby who was strapped inside lay screaming.
The baby’s mother, 33, ran after the thugs but collapsed almost immediately through exhaustion.
The grandmother suffered minor injuries after being hit on the head. The baby escaped unscathed.
Greater Manchester Police issued pictures of the robbery today and it emerged the muggers might have deliberately targeted the women because they had the baby with them.
The incident happened at just after 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, when the two women were walking back after shopping in Bolton town centre.
The mother was carrying a number of shopping bags, while the grandmother was pushing the pram and had both women’s handbags hung over her shoulders.
The women were walking down a footpath leading to the Sandyhills area, when two men crept up behind them.
The grandmother felt a blow to her head and screamed as she fell to the floor, causing the pram to topple over onto its side.
The muggers pulled at the handbags and managed to get them over the woman’s shoulders. The young woman grabbed hold of one of the bags and managed to wrestle it back from one of the yobs. But they ran off with the other handbag.
Detective Inspector Stuart Wilkinson from Greater Manchester Police 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.”