Gloucestershire

Gloucester would-be car thief fought off by woman

A woman has fought off an attacker who bit her and tried to steal her car with her three children inside.

The victim was putting a pushchair in the boot of her grey Citroen Picasso when the man grabbed her and demanded her car keys, police said.

She was targeted in Prince Street in Gloucester just before 17:00 GMT on Tuesday.

The woman, who only wanted to be named as Kelly, said it was "quite scary".

'Bit my hand'

She eventually managed to release herself from the man's grip and he ran off.

She said: "Obviously I didn't give [the keys] to him, with having three children in the car.

"He insisted and bit my hand to try to get me to release them.

"It was quite scary. I was never going to let him get near my children."

Kelly said she thought the man was initially unaware her children, aged four, three and one, were inside the car.

'Not a sports car'

"I told him there were children inside, but he continued to want the keys," she said.

"It's not even a sports car. I drive a normal family saloon. It's not something you would expect somebody to want to steal."

Insp Jason Keates, of Gloucestershire Police, said: "She's a very, very brave lady. I think most parents in her position would do exactly what she did.

"Obviously we don't recommend that everybody does that [if they are in a similar situation] but clearly when children are involved you are going to fight for your life."

Police said the man was black, in his late 20s, about 5ft 5in tall and of slightly stocky build.

He was wearing a dark blue hooded top and a black body warmer.

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