A thief dumped an elderly lady on a Redditch roadside on Christmas Day after he failed to realise she was in the back of the car he had just stolen.

The woman, in her 80s, was sat in the back seat of the vehicle, which was loaded with Christmas presents she had just been given, when a youth jumped in and drove off.

He travelled about 100 metres before noticing the woman and promptly pulled her out and left her sat by the side of a road as he sped off.

The pensioner had been left in the purple Volvo momentarily by her son while he visited an address in Bridley Moor Road.

She was found by a passer-by who drove her back up the road to her son. Anyone with information should call 08457 44888 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.