This is the terrifying moment a granddad was ambushed by a group of lads during a carjacking in Ashton.

Keshav Patel, 65, had just finished a night shift and was parked opposite a Post Office on Crowhill Road when he was targeted by a group of three men.

His daughter, Sunita Patel, said the men appeared 'out of nowhere' and climbed into her dad's Toyota Avensis.

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They then proceeded to punch and kick him in the head, demanding he hand over the keys, Sunita said.

CCTV footage obtained by Sunita shows two men approach Mr Patel's car, before another man can be seen running over.

A scuffle appears to happen before Mr Patel leaves the vehicle and the three men drive off.

The men fled the scene in Mr Patel's car

"My dad works night shifts and it is his routine to stop off at the Post Office about 6am when he finishes to buy a lottery ticket or pay his bills," Sunita said, speaking to the M.E.N.

"He is 65 and has a bit of a limp so he’s quite vulnerable.

"My dad came out of the shop and got into his car. Out of nowhere these lads come from the right. I could see from the CCTV that they had been watching him.

"They got in the car and hit him and kicked him until he agreed to hand the keys over and they were able to drive off with his car."

Sunita said was left confused about why her dad had been targeted, as the car is from 2005 and has next to no monetary value.

"The lads weren’t interested in my dad’s phone or money, just the car, so the police think they wanted to use the car to commit other crimes," she said.

"I posted about what happened to my dad and a lady contacted me a couple of streets away to say the same thing happened to her 93-year-old husband.

"They are obviously targeting vulnerable people.

"The lads weren’t interested in my dad’s phone or money, just the car, so the police think they wanted to use the car to commit other crimes.

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"I just think that people in the area should be made aware of it."

Sunita described her dad as a 'trooper' and said he is still in shock about the carjacking, and why he was targeted.

"It just happened so fast. They covered his mouth because he tried to scream," she said.

"I managed to get CCTV footage which shows the attack really clearly. I’m just waiting for police to come and pick it up."

A spokesman for GMP said: "Officers were called at around 6.10am on Wednesday (22 September) to a report of a car theft on Crowhill Road, Ashton-under-Lyne.

"Enquiries established that a male driver in his 60s had pulled over outside the Crowhill Post Office when he was dragged out of his vehicle by three men.

"The victim suffered no injuries.

"Enquiries are ongoing and no arrests have been made."

Anyone with information or may have seen anything is asked to report it online or by using our LiveChat service at www.gmp.police.uk quoting reference number 535-220921.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.