Elderly woman's car stolen in leaking car scam

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Police have released footage of an elderly woman having her car stolen after a man told her it was leaking.

The incident was captured on CCTV at a Whole Foods store in Heathfield, Essex. The 72-year-old victim was sat in her Ford Focus in the store's car park when a man approached her.

He said he could see something leaking from the front of the car and prompted her to take a look. Leaving the keys in the ignition, she got out to take a look.

The unidentified man then got into the car and turned the engine on. Realising what had happened, the woman then stood in front of the Ford, but was knocked to one side as the car was driven away.

Her handbag was also in the car, which contained her house keys, cash and a credit card. The vehicle was recovered five days later in nearby Hellingly.

Sussex Police have urged anyone with information on the theft, which took place at around 10.30am on 16 November, to call them on 101. The thief is described as stocky, aged about 45 and with stubble.