An 18-year-old was left 'scarred for life' after she was strangled by thugs wearing balaclavas and wielding bats as she sat in her car.

Officers from Merseyside Police are appealing for information following a reported robbery and assault on Heyworth Street, Everton Brow, also known as The View.

At around 10.30pm on Tuesday, March 23, it was reported that an 18-year-old woman, parked in her Mercedes A180, was subject to a vicious assault.

At the time of the incident, the woman was accompanied by a female friend when a white Ford Transit van pulled up in front of her vehicle.

Two men wearing balaclavas got out and attempted to smash the driver window with a bat.

One of the suspects put his hands on the victim's neck and made threats, before taking a Rolex watch and fleeing.

The Echo understands the woman was strangled until she nearly passed out.

The victim received cuts, bruises and a crushed windpipe before being told by her attackers they would kill her.

They made off from the scene having stolen the 18-year-old's Rolex.

Forensic, witness and CCTV enquiries have been carried out and the investigation continues.

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Detective Inspector Ben Dyer of Merseyside Police, said: "This was a frightening, opportunistic robbery. The victim was threatened, assaulted and left terrified and we continue to investigate.

“If you were in the area that night and saw the incident or captured this vehicle on your own CCTV or dashcam, please come forward and we will put those responsible before the courts.

"Likewise, if you were offered or saw for sale a Rolex watch around this time, we want to hear from you."

If you saw, heard or captured anything suspicious, please contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC with reference 21000186616.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.