Women in Harborough have been warned to lock their car doors while driving after an aggressive, screaming man tried to hijack a woman’s car in town this week.
The incident happened at the bottom of Fairfield Road in Market Harborough in the dark between about 6.30pm and 6.45pm on Monday.
The 65-year-old female victim – who asked not to be named – was in the car with her 11- and nine-year-old grandchildren at the time.
She said: “I was taking my grandchildren back to their home in Harborough.
“I was on Fairfield Road, driving downhill, and just past the school playing field by the [Arthur A Brown & Sons] factory.
“This man came out of the darkness on the driver’s side, screaming at me to open the door. He was shouting ‘open the car, open the car’. I think he was trying to steal the car.
“I made him notice I was locking the car door.
“The children were crying and very upset.
“As I drove off, I could see him going straight to the car behind me.”
The man was described as 18 to 20 years old, thin and about 5ft 8ins to 5ft 10ins tall.
He was “not scruffy” and was wearing dark clothes and a distinctive, red baseball cap.
He was also smoking a roll-up cigarette.
The woman added: “I wanted to put something in the Harborough Mail to warn ladies to lock their car doors.
“Another thing I always do is put my handbag handle through my seat belt.
“I was angry at the time; if I’d been on my own I would have told him what for.
“I was scared afterwards, though, and needed a strong black coffee.
“The children were absolutely petrified, but they had quietened down by late last night, and they were at school the next day.”
The woman says she has reported the incident to the police.
A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said the force had received a call about the incident at 6.40pm on Monday night.
“Officers did attend the area and carried out a search of the area,” the spokeswoman confirmed, adding that no-one had been arrested.
She added: “This woman did exactly the right thing.
“She locked her doors and phoned us straight away.”
Police advice for women motorists is to make sure car doors are locked, don’t unlock your doors or wind down your windows, and don’t leave your handbag or any other valuables in sight on the passenger seat.
Witnesses or people with any information about the crime can call police on 101.