CCTV captured the moment a woman was dragged along the road by a car after bravely confronting a masked gang attempting to steal a catalytic converter.
The woman, who asked not to be named, was in the kitchen of her home when she spotted four men targeting her Honda Civic outside.
After rushing outside to confront them, the brazen gang ignored her and and continued to remove the car part.
As they loaded the catalytic converter into the boot of a car and drove off, the woman tried to retrieve it and was dragged along by the vehicle.
Police say they are investigating the shocking incident in Valley Mill Lane, Bury, which was captured on CCTV footage on the afternoon of February 9.
“I wondered what the hell was going on,” said the woman. “My car was half in the air.
“I shot downstairs and was shouting as loudly as I could. They just carried on, so I went over and told them to get off my car.
“I kept telling them to stop, but they just completely disregarded me. There was no shame there.
“I felt physically threatened. I didn’t know if they were going to hit me.”
In an attempt to draw the attention of others, the woman banged on a neighbour’s window and shouted for them to phone the police.
However, the gang brazenly ignored her and proceeded to load the catalytic converter into the boot of their Toyota Corolla.
One of the men can then be seen to push the woman away as she tries to retrieve the stolen car part.
As the car speeds away, she desperately clings on to one of the men – who is sitting in the boot – resulting in her being dragged through the car park.
“I just tried to grab whatever they had taken,” she explained.
“It all happened so quickly. I was in shock and had no idea what was going on.
“The most shocking thing is the fact I was yelling at them to stop and they just carried on.
“The first guy said the car wasn’t taxed so they could do it. That’s a load of rubbish.”
After fleeing, the blue Toyota Corolla is believed to have turned on to Alfred Street before heading in the direction of Pimhole.
The victim described the four men as being white British, and says they were wearing face masks and hoods.
Thefts of catalytic converters are said to have become rife in recent years.
They are often targeted by thieves because of the precious metals they contain – platinum, palladium and rhodium.
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: “At around 1pm on Tuesday 9 February, officers received a report of a theft from a motor vehicle on Valley Mill Lane, Bury.
“Enquiries have since established four males approached a silver Honda Civic before stealing parts from the car. Whilst ongoing, the owner of the vehicle approached the men and attempted to stop them.
“The men fled the scene in a blue Toyota Corolla.
“Enquiries are ongoing.