Moped Gang tries to smash their way in to a Bentley

Masked men attempt ‘horrific’ carjacking with axes in Bury

Footage of a “horrific” carjacking attempt by two masked men, which saw them go at a car window with axes.

The masked goons on mopeds used axes to smash the window of a £200,000 Bentley as it waited at traffic lights. They hacked at the driver’s window as the woman who was at the wheel refused to let them in, swerved around them and escaped. The entire attack was captured on a dash cam belonging to another driver sitting in traffic.

The woman, aged 51, was in a luxury Bentley Bentayga with her son, 16, when the attack happened. She had been driving along Angouleme Way near Bury town centre when the four goons on mopeds started following her.

The woman, who does not want to be named, described the insane moment she came under attack: “It was absolutely terrifying but at the time my main concern was to protect my son.

“We were driving through Bury, and my 16-year-old son was in the passenger seat. We were just chatting on our way to a sixth form open night at school.

“As we approached the last set of traffic lights before we turned right towards the school I noticed a group of youths running towards us.

“I didn’t take much notice at first. They were like silhouettes in the distance.

“The first thing I heard was a loud bang on the car door and then the glass of my driver’s window shattering.”

She added: “At first I thought I had somehow been involved in an accident. Then they repeatedly banged on the window – luckily it is very thick so they had trouble putting it through.

“I instinctively put myself across my son to protect him, to make sure he was ok. But I was getting glass all over me and then put a hole in the window and then started smashing the windscreen. The car in front of me moved to try and give me some room but the youths put one of their mopeds across to stop him.

“The lights were on red and traffic was stopped in the outside lane, so we were trapped.

“Eventually I saw the lights change and managed to somehow manoeuvre away. I just put my foot down.

“What amazed me was that it was peak hour and there was a lot of traffic on the road. I was not followed from home. I just think I was unlucky and happened to be in a nice car. I think it was an opportunist.

“At one point they did ask for my watch. One of them was yelling at me – they seemed to be local. They eventually moved off on the mopeds towards Manchester Road in the direction of Whitefield.

“We were so lucky that we did not get injured. But my son has been left badly traumatised.”

She is offering a £10,000 reward to help catch the attackers.

The attack happened shortly before 6.20pm on Wednesday, November 15.

Police have released the dash cam footage of the attack and are appealing to anyone with any information to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Ian Partington, of GMP’s Bury borough, said: “As you will see from the footage, this was a disturbing and unprovoked attack on an innocent woman as she sat in her car at a junction.

“Fortunately she wasn’t injured but that doesn’t excuse the horrific actions of these men which could have had awful consequences.

Police have released the dash cam footage of the attack and are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Ian Partington, of GMP’s Bury borough, said: “As you will see from the footage, this was a disturbing and unprovoked attack on an innocent woman as she sat in her car at a junction.

“Fortunately she wasn’t injured but that doesn’t excuse the horrific actions of these men which could have had awful consequences.

“If you know anything about this attack or the men in the video, I would urge you to come forward so that we can ensure the men responsible are held accountable and prosecuted.”

Anyone with any information should call police on 101, quoting reference number 1762 of 15/11/17 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Stay safe out there.

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