Mum-of-two, 25, with son in car ran over toy shop worker and carried him for 50ft on bonnet after nicking £130 scooters

A GLAMOROUS mum-of-two ran over a toy shop worker and carried him 50 feet on the bonnet of her car after stealing scooters worth £130.

Barbara Young, 25, had her young son beside her when she rammed her Fiat 500 into the Smyths store assistant outside the shop in Eccles, Greater Manchester.

The victim said he lives in "pain and torment" following the horror, which happened after Young shoplifted two of the toys, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Young has now been jailed for 22 months and banned from driving for almost three years after a court heard she already has convictions for 19 previous offences – including shoplifting and driving without due care and attention.

Prosecutors at Manchester Crown Court said the defendant, who lives in Bolton, had visited West One Retail Park with her sister and son before lifting two electric scooters.

But in a twist of fate, her sister was stopped after a store assistant spotted her with a bag for life that hadn't been paid for.

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As the bag was handed back, the man realised a transaction relating to the scooters had been voided – meaning no cash had been paid for them.

He dashed outside and spotted Young in the driving seat of her car with a man and a child beside her.

She told the worker her boot wouldn't open and she couldn't get the scooters back out again.

Juliet Berry for the CPS told the court: "He became suspicious and took a photo of the registration plate. He said he was going to call the police."

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Young's sister then leapt into the car – and the defendant hit the accelerator, driving straight at the employee.

CCTV footage showed the man clinging to the bonnet and smashing the windscreen with his phone.

He fell from the car after around 50ft – before Young drove on, crushing his feet.

Cops found the car and one of the unicorn scooters abandoned around an hour later. The victim's phone was still stuck at the edge of the windscreen.

The vehicle was on false plates, and hadn't been insured.

The victim suffered injuries to his sternum – the bone in the middle of his chest – as well as his back, elbow and knuckles.


He told the court the impact was "hard to put into words" – and said he still suffers pain five months on.

"I have to keep going – I just keep living in this cycle of pain and torment,” he said.

Jane Dagnall, mitigating, said the car was a gift. Young only learned it was uninsured and on fake plates after she was arrested, it was heard.

“There was very little thought,” Ms Dagnall said.

“She has been on remand for two months. The clanging of the prison gates has affected her.

"It hit home – what it’s like to lose her liberty.

“She is a young woman, she is a mother of two, and she is totally ashamed and remorseful.”

Recorder Paul Reid QC told the defendant: "You got into a car which you had no right to be driving.

She's totally shamed… the clanging of the prison gates has affected her

"You had your child with you.

"It was perfectly clear he was standing immediately in front of your car. You couldn’t avoid seeing him.

"You chose to drive off with him in front of you. It wasn’t just a nudge, you drove into him with such force that he was propelled on the bonnet of the car and was hanging on.

“You must have known you had driven over him, yet you didn’t stop to see if he was alright, such was your keenness to get away.

"It’s a miracle he wasn’t more seriously hurt.”

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Young admitted theft, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, dangerous driving, driving without insurance, driving without a licence and failing to stop after an accident.

She was banned from the roads for two years and nine months.

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