POLICE are looking for a thief who drove off in a car in Liverpool with an 18-month-old boy asleep inside. The toddler, who was in a rear passenger child seat, was later found safe and well in the city as the vehicle was recovered a short distance away.

The youngster’s father had parked his blue Vauxhall Vectra in Whinmoor Road, West Derby, to deliver a package when the offender jumped in and drove off at about 12.15pm on Tuesday. Police said the vehicle was abandoned near to Alder Hey Hospital.

A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “The driver of the vehicle had left the vehicle prior to the arrival of the police. A search of the area is under way and an investigation into the matter is ongoing.”

GREASED LIGHTNING

Heiress Tamara Ecclestone seems to be inheriting her Formula One dad’s interest in wheels as she recreates the spirit of the Greased Lightning scene from Grease.

The 28-year-old socialite goes blonde and pops on some black spandex to appear as Sandy from the hit 1970s musical movie for BBC Children In Need.

She has launched an online game called Pudsey’s Dream Wheels with Peugeot in the hope of raising more then £150,000 for the charity.

Ecclestone – daughter of F1 boss Bernie – posed with a customised Peugeot 208 to recreate the famous scene from Grease, even though Sandy did not appear in the sequence.

Young fans will be able to create their own custom cars online for free at www.pudseysdreamwheels.co.uk and for a £3 fee to benefit the charity they can enter them into a competition.

CAUGHT NAPPING

A 48-year-old Texan has been accused of faking her own kidnap to get a day off work.

According to her arrest warrant, a San Antonio police officer found Sheila Eubank bound with rope and asleep in her car on October 10. She told the officer a man had kidnapped her at knifepoint as she drove up to a cash machine.

But police said CCTV showed Eubank buying a lottery ticket at about the same time she was supposedly being held captive, WWLTV reported.

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