Missing Belfast baby safe following car theft

 

A 10-month-old baby boy who disappeared in the back of his father's car when thieves stole the vehicle in Belfast has been found safe and well.

An agonising three-and-a-half hour wait for the baby's parents ended when police received a call saying the car, with baby still in the back, had been found.

Parents and child were swiftly reunited, with the baby none the worse for his ordeal, but somewhat hungry.

The baby was sleeping in the black Honda Civic while his father tended a grave in the City Cemetery in Belfast's Falls Road during the morning.

Thieves jumped in and sped off.

The frantic father raised the alarm and a major search by police and local people was mounted throughout west Belfast.

Eventually the car and baby was located in Nansen Street off the Falls Road.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland spokesman said they wanted to thank those members of the public who helped them in tracing the child.

PA