This is the outrageous moment a thief sneaks up and steals a lollipop lady's car from right under her nose on a petrol station forecourt.

Jenny Wild and husband Stewart were stood by the passenger door of their Toyota Aygo when the thief jumped in the driver's seat and sped off.

Moments earlier, CCTV shows the thief getting out of a Ford Fiesta parked nearby, before crouching down behind the car as he waits for the moment to pounce.

The theft took place at a petrol station in Marland, Rochdale at noon on Wednesday, January 20.

Mrs Wild, 63, a lollipop lady at Deeplish primary school in Rochdale, says she bought the £6,000 car in June, but had barely driven it due to the coronavirus lockdown.

She was using the outdoor laundrette on the forecourt to wash her ponies' horse blankets when the thief struck.

Jenny and Stewart Wild

Mrs Wild, of Wardle, Rochdale, said: "My husband is shielding, so it's was only the second or third time we've been out in lockdown.

"I got out of the car and walked round the other side to give him the money to put in the washing machine.

"I never thought about taking the keys out of the ignition. I was within touching distance of the car.

"We heard a car rev and turned round and my car was speeding off.

"When I saw the CCTV of him creeping round I felt sick.

A still from the CCTV

"What gives them the right to think they can just come and take someone's car like that?

"But everything is replaceable and no one got hurt - that's the main thing.

"I just want people to be aware of what's happening."

A spokesperson for GMP said: "Officers received a report on Wednesday 20 January 2021 of a theft of a motor vehicle at a petrol station on Bolton Road, Rochdale.

"Enquiries have since established that whilst the victim was using a machine at the rear of the forecourt, the offender approached her car - a grey Toyota Aygo - and fled the scene in the vehicle.

"Enquiries are ongoing.

"No arrests have been made."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 8549, quoting incident number 1038 of January 20; or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.